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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Movie Interviews

A Mother Rises Through The Ranks In 'Monkey Kingdom'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 12:01 pm

Maya, shown with her newborn, Kip, had to use her wits to rise above her lowly station in the social hierarchy of her group of macaque monkeys.
Jeff Wilson Disney

It's a story that's been told time and time again: A nobody — just a cog in the machine, on the bottom rung of society — breaks out of the role society has assigned her, and rises to the top.

Of course, the story is mostly told about humans — but the latest film from Disneynature presents this classic "Cinderella story" set in the social hierarchy of macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka.

Monkey Kingdom follows a young monkey named Maya as she strives to make a better life for herself and her offspring.

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8:34am

Sun April 19, 2015
Animals

LA's Mountain Lion Is A Solitary Cat With A Knack For Travel

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 2:52 pm

P-22 is believed to have the smallest home range of any adult male mountain lion ever studied. This map shows P-22's tiny home range in Griffith Park compared to other adult male mountain lions studied by the National Park Service.
Courtesy of the National Park Service

A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country.

But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of Twitter accounts.

His range is the 8 square miles of LA's Griffith Park, on the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, surrounded on all sides by development.

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7:47am

Sun April 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World'

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:00 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There's something otherworldly about the way poet Elizabeth Alexander describes her connection with her late husband, right down to their first interaction.

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER: I met Ficre Ghebreyesus in 1996, as if by magic.

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7:47am

Sun April 19, 2015
Author Interviews

'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:00 am

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It's what every young girl is expected to do: Grow up, get married and have kids. Or is it? Writer Kate Bolick questions that social edict in her new memoir, Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin that, growing up, the expectation that she'd get married eventually was just part of life. "It didn't feel oppressive, it didn't feel confusing or like something I didn't want to do," she says. "My parents had a nice marriage, I liked having boyfriends, I assumed one day when I grew up I would want to marry one of them.

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5:21am

Sun April 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:51 pm

By his own admission, author Jon Krakauer is an obsessive guy, and his obsessions often turn into books. His best-sellers include Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, both about man's battle with nature. But his latest book is about a far more intimate struggle. The title lays it out plainly: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.

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5:20am

Sun April 19, 2015
The Salt

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:00 am

These robotic arms are part of a modular kitchen that's been set up so that the robot chef can find exactly what it needs.
Moley Robotics

Step aside, home chefs! The kitchen of the future draws near.

No, there's no hydrator from Marty McFly's kitchen in Back to the Future II. Right now, the chef of the future looks like a pair of robotic arms that descend from the ceiling of a very organized kitchen. And it makes a mean crab bisque.

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6:49pm

Sat April 18, 2015
Pop Culture

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:11 pm

Netflix's original series Daredevil, which stars a blind superhero, was originally hard for blind audience members to understand. The series was released without audio description that would make it accessible to the visually impaired. TV broadcasters are required to release such descriptions for some content, but Netflix, as an Internet streaming service, faces no such requirement.
Netflix

Netflix's original series now have a superhero among them. Comic fans know Daredevil as a crusader. He's a Marvel character who, in addition to his superhuman abilities, has a very human disability: blindness.

Needless to say, Daredevil has quite a few fans with visual impairments — and they were looking forward to the show.

But until this week, Netflix had no plans to provide the audio assistance that could have helped those fans follow the show.

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5:34pm

Sat April 18, 2015
My Big Break

The Inauspicious Start To Susan Stamberg's Broadcasting Career

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 1:49 pm

Today, Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.
Doby Photography/NPR

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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5:34pm

Sat April 18, 2015
The Salt

Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 10:19 am

Chef Homaro Cantu holds a tomato in the kitchen of his Chicago restaurant Moto in 2007. Haute cuisine and extreme science collided in the kitchen of Chef Cantu, who took his own life Tuesday.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

The culinary world lost a visionary this week. Homaro Cantu, a specialist in the avant-garde approach to cooking known as molecular gastronomy, died Tuesday in Chicago at the age of 38. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled Cantu's death a suicide.

Every visit to Cantu's flagship restaurant, Michelin-starred Moto, was a trip down the rabbit hole.

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7:43am

Sat April 18, 2015
Fine Art

Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In 'Unbranded' Images Of Women

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:00 am

Come out of the Bone Age, darling....1955
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Advertisements don't need any words to say a lot about a culture.

That's one of the messages that shines through in the work of artist Hank Willis Thomas. In 2008, Thomas removed the text and branding from ads featuring African-Americans, creating a series he called Unbranded, which illustrated how America has seen and continues to see black people.

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