Arts

5:52am

Sat June 20, 2015
Author Interviews

Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 10:40 am

Emily St. John Mandel's new novel, Station Eleven, opens with a vain actor — and is there really any other kind? — who dies of a heart attack onstage as he plays King Lear in Toronto. His co-stars can't remember if he had a family to notify. But soon, within minutes, the death of one man playing Lear disappears into the vast, mass death of a worldwide plague called the Georgia Flu.

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4:34pm

Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:47 pm

Simon Armitage frowns with dignity after being awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palace in 2010. Though he began the nomination process for the Oxford post as an underdog, he emerged from the ensuing drama with the professorship.
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It's been a scuffle of candidate platforms, fickle endorsements and even a few dignified bouts of mud-slinging — and for once, the hubbub had nothing to do with American politics. In fact, it featured a cast of characters you might not have expected: those men and women of letters, the poets.

On Friday, British poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry. He edged out Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and American poet A.E. Stallings.

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2:47pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Monkey See

The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

This is the real promo art for a real Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell.
Lifetime

1:26pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Movie Reviews

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

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1:26pm

Fri June 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

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10:59am

Fri June 19, 2015
Monkey See

Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 11:38 am

Riley is on her own in Inside Out.
Pixar

Villains are staples of stories for kids. Making them bigger, meaner, madder, more impossible to defeat — that's how you build the ideas of fear and then, inevitably, of courage. A small person faces a giant, or a witch, or a wolf, or Jafar, or Cruella De Vil, or the Buy 'N' Large, and by watching that happen, you learn. You learn what it takes to beat the bad guy. You learn that you, too, can beat the bad guy. You learn not to lose heart and not to give up. You use something inside yourself to beat something outside yourself.

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9:30am

Fri June 19, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out.
Pixar

I'm just going to tell you right off the bat, you guys: we really liked Inside Out. This does not exactly make us outliers in the critical landscape, but we sit down this week with the great Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch team to talk about the film. It's a thought-provoking story and visually inventive, so we'll spend some time on the various creative forces at work. At the same time, we ding its one weak scene that unfortunately shows up in a lot of the trailers and we debate who cried the most.

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8:36am

Fri June 19, 2015
TED Radio Hour

When Do We Become The Final Version of Ourselves?

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:41 am

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished," says psychologist Dan Gilbert.
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Dan Gilbert's TED Talk

Psychologist Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.

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8:36am

Fri June 19, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Which Time Of Day Is Both Too Early And Too Late?

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:41 am

Poet Rives explores why 4 a.m. has become synonymous with the strangest hour of the day.
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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Rives' TED Talk

Poet Rives explores why 4 in the morning has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.

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8:36am

Fri June 19, 2015
TED Radio Hour

Can You Remember Your Life 1 Second At A Time?

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 9:41 am

Cesar Kuriyama explains his app 1 Second Everyday at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Shifting Time

About Cesar Kuriyama's TED Talk

Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.

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