Arts

2:32pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Salt

Why The Pig Is The Most Loved And Most Loathed Animal On The Plate

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:10 pm

As useful and tasty as they are, swine have not been universally adored.
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In 1849 an American farmer watched a sow give birth and was moved to record a diary entry: "Pigs! Pigs! Pork! Pork! Pork!"

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1:31pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Movie Interviews

At 76, Actor Ian McKellen Embodies An Older Sherlock In 'Mr. Holmes'

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4:32am

Mon July 20, 2015
Fine Art

Known As A Collector, Gustave Caillebotte Gets His Due As A Painter

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

Caillebotte's 1875 painting The Floor Scrapers was rejected by the elite Salon, but it was the work that launched his career.
RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resour Courtesy National Gallery of Art

If you're planning to become an artist, here's one nice way to do it: be independently wealthy, easily pay your bills without needing to sell your own work, buy up the paintings of your marvelously talented friends, and then give their works to the nation. A little-known 19th-century artist named Gustave Caillebotte did just that, and there's a big show devoted to him at the National Gallery right now.

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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
My Big Break

From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:52 pm

Jim Gaffigan spent years in stand-up before, finally, someone took a chance on him: that someone just happened to be David Letterman. "The weird thing is, because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind," he says. "It changed the narrative surrounding me, completely."
Courtesy of TV Land

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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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Business

Examining Hollywood's Pay Disparities

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 10:28 am

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Actress Amanda Syefried caused a stir in Hollywood this past week for telling an interviewer with Britain's Sunday Times she had been paid just 10 percent of what her male co-star received for a movie made a few years ago, but she didn't say which movie.

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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Written In Spanish About Belgium By A Colombian, 'It Feels American'

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 5:22 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is best known for his 2013 blockbuster novel The Sound of Things Falling. But more than a decade before that book vaulted him onto the international literary stage, he published a well-reviewed collection of short stories in Spanish.

Now, that collection, Lovers on All Saints' Day, is getting an English translation.

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9:35am

Sun July 19, 2015
Middle East

Turkish TV Travels Far As Craze For Dramas Goes Global

The Turkish television industry is booming.

During Ramadan, which ended this week, many Muslims — around the world — tuned in to watch Turkish TV in massive numbers.

But Turkey isn't just presenting religious programming. The country is second only to the U.S. in producing and exporting secular TV dramas — and they're becoming global hits

A 'Captive Audience' During Ramadan

Many families watch as they gather as they wait to break their Ramadan fast after sundown, says Pinar Tremblay, a columnist for the online newspaper Al-Monitor.com.

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8:30am

Sun July 19, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

NPR

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle has a bit of wordplay. Change one letter in each word provided to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word of the pair. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.

For example, "relief" and "mallet" become "belief" and "ballet."

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
Music Interviews

The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It begins with that cord - again and again. Then it builds.

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

MARTIN: Layer after layer, a baseline emerges and ultimately, lyrics.

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
The Salt

Hacking Iconic New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Far From The Gulf

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:28 pm

Co-owner and chef Mark DeFelice cooks up an order of barbecue shrimp at Pascal's Manale restaurant in New Orleans.
John Burnett NPR

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: A play on an iconic New Orleans dish to get supreme flavor from shrimp without heads.

The Chef

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