Arts

7:02am

Fri March 13, 2015
Monkey See

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:47 pm

Cinderella and her fairy godmother in the 1950 Disney cartoon.
Courtesy of Disney Princess

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."

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8:58pm

Thu March 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Architect Michael Graves Dies At 80

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 2:34 pm

Architect and designer Michael Graves poses at his studio in Princeton, N.J., in 2003. He died Thursday at age 80.
Daniel Hulshizer AP

Michael Graves, one of the country's most prominent architects, has died at his home in Princeton, N.J., of natural causes, his firm, Michael Graves Architecture & Design, said in statement. He was 80.

NPR's Neda Ulaby tells our Newscast unit that Graves "was celebrated for designing everything from grand hotels to teapots."

Here's how Neda describes those iconic teapots: "The Michael Graves teapot is sleek and dome-like, with a circle for a handle. Like so much of his work, it's designed to be easy to use — and beautiful."

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5:40pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Remembrances

Author Terry Pratchett Was No Stranger To Death

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:44 pm

Terry Pratchett wrote more than 70 books.
Rob Wilkins Courtesy of Doubleday

Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett was prolific: He wrote more than 70 books, dozens of them about the Discworld — a flat planet borne through space by four elephants on the back of a giant turtle. Pratchett died Thursday at age 66. He had been suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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4:23pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Author Interviews

'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:20 pm

Horses drive traffic on London's Oxford Street in 1890. According to author Lee Jackson, by the 1890s, the city's horses produced approximately 1,000 tons of dung a day.
London Stereoscopic Company Getty Images

In the 19th century, London was the capital of the largest empire the world had ever known — and it was infamously filthy. It had choking, sooty fogs; the Thames River was thick with human sewage; and the streets were covered with mud.

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3:46pm

Thu March 12, 2015
The Salt

Southerners Are Getting Creative With Their Favorite Nut: Pecan

Toasting or roasting brings nut oils to the surface, and pecans are practically overflowing: 75 percent of the nut is pure oil.
Ashley Fisher/Flickr

Few dishes showcase Southern tradition more perfectly than a slice of pecan pie, with its dark custard filling and crunchy, nutty topping.

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3:39pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Book Reviews

How We Deal With Loss In Different Ways In Two Beautifully Written Memoirs

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 7:16 pm

Loss is the rough tie that binds two memoirs that, otherwise, are as different as day and night. What Comes Next and How to Like It is a sequel of sorts to Abigail Thomas' best-selling 2006 memoir, A Three Dog Life, which chronicled the one-two punch death of her husband — by her account, a sweetheart of a guy who took their dog out for a walk one afternoon in New York and was hit by a car. He suffered brain injuries and lingered for five years. Even after that catastrophe, more losses now loom for Thomas.

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3:39pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Author Interviews

Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

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1:07pm

Thu March 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

Terry Pratchett at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London.
Ian Gavan Getty Images

Sir Terry Pratchett, the prolific author behind the Discworld series, has died at the age of 66. The British writer had struggled with a rare, early-onset form Alzheimer's disease for the better part of a decade.

His publisher, Transworld Books, confirmed news of the writer's death in a tweet Thursday morning.

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10:51am

Thu March 12, 2015
Ask Me Another

Tituss Burgess: You're Rocking This Thing

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 11:06 am

"I auditioned for The Lion King 20 times in 15 years, until they finally told me, 'You are not passing as a straight giraffe.'" - Titus Andromedon, the character Tituss Burgess plays in the new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Josh Rogosin NPR

10:37am

Thu March 12, 2015
Ask Me Another

TV Movies

TV movies are usually an hour-long special on TV but in this game they are mashed up TV and movie titles which all share one word in common.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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