Arts

5:35pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:16 am

Jean and Carl Boenish in jump down a ledge towards camera.
Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Two climbers died May 16 as they attempted a wing suit flight in Yosemite National Park. Dean Potter and Graham Hunt were BASE jumping, a sport that involves parachuting from a fixed structure.

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

Ariel Zambelich NPR

There is something unique about the protagonist of Sarai Walker's new novel: She's fat, a word many try to avoid using to describe a person. But not Walker.

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7:03am

Sat May 23, 2015
The Salt

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Planning to grill this Memorial Day? Below, Food Network chef Alton Brown has some tips to keep your flavor from going up in smoke.
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Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in May 2012.

If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.

"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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7:03am

Sat May 23, 2015
Book Reviews

The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real

Courtesy of Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Reading Heather Dixon's Illusionarium feels like riding a particularly rough roller coaster, and the first few hills are doozies. Dixon barely establishes the book's fantasy world — a hastily sketched British-derived steampunk setting, with the requisite airships and an alternate version of London called Arthurise — before she upends it.

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Fine Art

The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 8:32 pm

Jason Wyche Courtesy of Sean Kelly/Copyright Kehinde Wiley

This week, the Brooklyn Museum is wrapping up its mid-career retrospective of artist Kehinde Wiley — which means 14 years of work and something like 60 paintings.

It's been drawing a diverse and large crowd, partly because Wiley's work has been featured on the TV show Empire, and partly because he is a well-known and, in some ways, controversial figure in the art world. Wiley takes contemporary figures — oftentimes young black men and women — and places them in old European art traditions: Oil paintings, portraits, stained glass and even bronze sculpture.

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4:20pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Interviews

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

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3:36pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Movie Reviews

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
Disney

Much of Brad Bird's Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is terrific fun, but it's one of the strangest family movies I've seen: Bird's not just making a case for hope, he's making a furious, near-hysterical case against anti-hope.

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12:54pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

Jon Hamm as Don Draper.
Michael Yarish AMC

This week's taping presented us with a few conundrums: Host Linda Holmes had already begun her vacation, while I know jack-all about the seven accumulated seasons of Mad Men, whose finale we were duty-bound to discuss. Our solution involved a pair of our most beloved guest panelists — Gene Demby and, from a studio in L.A., Barrie Hardymon — and a brief interregnum in poor Linda's vacation. (I stayed home and ate snacks.)

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9:01am

Fri May 22, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Can Aging Be Cured?

"Things that only have a 50% chance of happening 20 years from now are supposed to sound like science fiction." - Aubrey de Grey
Robert Leslie TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Fountain Of Youth

About Aubrey de Grey's TED Talk

Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease — and a curable one at that.

About Aubrey de Grey

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