Arts

8:08am

Sun April 26, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

A Puzzle As Easy As Falling Off A Log

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:47 am

NPR

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.

For example, a professional organization that seeks to influence legislation is a LOBBYING GROUP.

Last week's challenge: The challenge came from listener Steve Daubenspeck of Fleetwood, Pa. Take the first names of two politicians in the news. Switch the first letters of their names and read the result backward to name something that each of these politicians is not.

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7:51am

Sun April 26, 2015
Author Interviews

This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:47 am

In the latest installment of our occasionial series Weekend Reads, we're celebrating National Poetry Month with The Little Edges, a unique work by American poet Fred Moten. Many of the poems in the book were commissioned, and they focus on real life people and events.

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7:03am

Sun April 26, 2015
Books

A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne'

What could be more seductive to the imagination than the Walled City? A 6.9-acre patch of Hong Kong's Kowloon peninsula, it was a discrete, warrenlike enclave, full of twisting passageways and tiny rooms, that grew up around an old military base and flourished throughout the 20th century. Though it was riddled with crime and had no reliable public utilities, it housed tens of thousands of people at its height. It was finally demolished in 1994.

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7:03am

Sun April 26, 2015
The Salt

Who's Behind The Latest Ethnic Food Trend? Maybe It's A Government

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 2:47 pm

The government of Peru is partnering with culinary stars — like celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, shown here in his restaurant Astrid & Gaston in Lima in 2014 — to promote Peruvian cuisine around the world.
Ernesto Benavides AFP/Getty Images

Danny Kou, the executive chef at La Mar, an upscale Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco, says it's a good time to be him.

Kou moved from Lima to the United States when he was 21. It was 2001, and back then, Peruvian cuisine was still unfamiliar in North America.

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5:38am

Sun April 26, 2015
Movie Interviews

Actor Nick Kroll: 'I'm A Real Solid Uncle The First Hour'

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:47 am

In Adult Beginners, Nick Kroll plays a failed tech entrepreneur who moves in with his older sister (Rose Byrne) and starts looking after her young son (Caleb and Matthew Paddock).
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Nick Kroll is the star of a lot of things, including Kroll Show on Comedy Central and The League on FX. And if that wasn't enough, he now has a new film coming out called Adult Beginners. Kroll tells NPR's Rachel Martin that his character in the film, Jake, is in transition.

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5:06pm

Sat April 25, 2015
Deceptive Cadence

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 6:23 pm

Philip Glass photographed in New York City in 1980.
Jack Mitchell Getty Images

It was 1964 when the young Philip Glass found himself in Paris. He was on a Fulbright scholarship to study with the revered pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. It was a career move carefully planned. Glass wanted to be a composer and he knew Boulanger's rigorous lessons in traditional Western harmony and counterpoint would sharpen his skills.

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10:15am

Sat April 25, 2015
Author Interviews

Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 3:04 pm

Emily Jan NPR

Victorine Meurent was just 17 years old when she met the great Impressionist painter Edouard Manet on a Paris street in 1862. The young, poverty-stricken redhead became his favorite model, and Manet painted her reclining nude in Olympia — a work that scandalized the Paris art world in 1865 and now hangs in the Musée d'Orsay.

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9:03am

Sat April 25, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 11:14 am

Toni Morrison's novels include Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.
Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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9:03am

Sat April 25, 2015
Code Switch

Questioning The Black Male Experience In America

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 5:27 pm

"Question Bridge: Black Males" attempts to represent black male identity in America via a video question-and-answer exchange. At top center is Jesse Williams, the project's executive producer.
Question Bridge: Black Males

How would you like to be remembered, in a word or two? That question was posed by a black man and answered by other black men in a multimedia art project called "Question Bridge: Black Males."

Some of the answers to that query included "warrior," "sincere," "motivated," "dedicated," "family-oriented" and "father."

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7:59am

Sat April 25, 2015
Author Interviews

'Save Us, Save Us': A Poem For The Migrants Lost At Sea

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 12:36 pm

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