Arts

4:45pm

Thu December 19, 2013
Movie Interviews

A Town, A Team, And A Dream That Just Won't Die

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 7:14 pm

The Medora Hornets, here with assistant coach Rudie Crain, are the centerpiece of the documentary Medora, from directors Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn.
Beachside Films

In a high-school locker room in small-town Indiana, a coach is tearing into his basketball team. The Medora Hornets have scored zero points — none at all — in the game's fourth quarter.

In Medora, the hapless team becomes a kind of metaphor for the town itself — "a no-stoplight town," in the words of documentarian Davy Rothbart, one where the jobs have dried up and the population has dwindled.

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1:36pm

Thu December 19, 2013
The Salt

Geeky Gamers Feast Upon Settlers Of Catan Cookbook

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 10:15 am

The deconstructed, hexagonal salad nicoise: perfect for all your gourmand geek friends.
Courtesy of Chris-Rachel Oseland

We've discovered a text that could rank among the geekiest of all cookbooks. It's based on Settlers of Catan, that German civilization-building board game with the cult following.

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1:09pm

Thu December 19, 2013
Movie Interviews

A 'Kind Of A Big Deal' Gets Even Bigger In 'Anchorman 2'

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 2:43 pm

Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate reprise their roles as competing news anchors in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Gemma LaMana Paramount Pictures

Way back in the 2004 film Anchorman, Ron Burgundy was a local TV-news host in '70s San Diego. Fast-forward to this year's sequel, and that epic haircut is national news: Set in 1980, Anchorman 2 follows Will Ferrell's vain, shallow character as he graduates to a CNN-style cable news network.

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12:25pm

Thu December 19, 2013
Food

Pat Neely Shares Holiday Comfort Food Ideas

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11:26am

Thu December 19, 2013
Commentary

Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 11:48 am

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a "selfie" with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

I feel a little defensive about choosing "selfie" as my Word of the Year for 2013. I've usually been partial to words that encapsulate one of the year's major stories, such as "occupy" or "big data." Or "privacy," which is the word Dictionary.com chose this year. But others go with what I think of as mayfly words — the ones that bubble briefly to the surface in the wake of some fad or fashion.

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3:04am

Thu December 19, 2013
Television

Watch This: Vince Gilligan's Favorite Dark Corners

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 12:08 pm

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, seen during an event for the show in July, shares some of his favorite TV shows.
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5:16pm

Wed December 18, 2013
Number Of The Year

Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:34 pm

This summer, movie studios were up to their necks in big-budget blockbusters, including Disney's The Lone Ranger, which ended up a huge bomb.
Peter Mountain Walt Disney Pictures

As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind these numbers, which range from zero to 1 trillion.

You can understand a lot about how Hollywood works if you understand the number 17. That's the number of big, super-expensive movies that came out in the May to July summer movie season. And only about 10 of them were solidly profitable.

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4:49pm

Wed December 18, 2013
Code Switch

Seeking Wonderful Young Adult Novels That Deal With Race

What books about race or culture would you recommend to a not-so-bookish teen?
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At Code Switch, we receive a whole bunch of emails and messages from readers and listeners. And many times, folks ask questions that get us buzzing during our editorial discussions.

One Code Switch reader sent us a note seeking book recommendations for a multiracial teen. The emailer described the teen as not very "bookish" but still a good reader.

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2:56pm

Wed December 18, 2013
The Salt

The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 4:32 pm

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He was the man with "the nose of a blood hound," as one wine critic once put it.

Rudy Kurniawan was once the toast of the fine-wine world, renowned for his ability to find some of the rarest — and priciest — wines in the world.

He was also, prosecutors alleged, a fraud who duped some of the country's wealthiest wine purchasers with counterfeit bottles of wine that he manufactured in his home laboratory.

And on Wednesday, a Manhattan jury agreed, finding Kurniawan guilty of fraud in connection with selling counterfeit wines and of defrauding a finance company.

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11:28am

Wed December 18, 2013
Beauty Shop

Is Beyonce Still The Queen?

Pop star Beyonce's new surprise album has been getting a lot of buzz, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Beauty shop ladies Bridget Johnson, Aisha Harris, Danielle Belton and Anne Ishii weigh in.

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