Mon December 8, 2014
The Two-Way

(Not) Eaten Alive: A Snake Tale, Made For TV

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:31 pm

A still image from the Discovery TV special Eaten Alive, which angered some viewers after it aired Sunday.

The outcome of an outlandish TV stunt Sunday night didn't go down well with many viewers, who say they were duped into expecting that the Discovery special Eaten Alive would actually portray a man being ingested by an anaconda.

But that didn't happen, forcing the network to defend the program today by saying it had been naturalist Paul Rosolie's "absolute intention to be eaten alive."

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Mon December 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Inventor Ralph Baer, The 'Father Of Video Games,' Dies At 92

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:32 pm

German-American game developer Ralph Baer shows the prototype of the first games console which was invented by him during a press conference on the Games Convention Online in Leipzig, Germany in 2009. Baer died on Saturday. He was 92.
Jens Wolf DPA /Landov

Ralph H. Baer, the man widely acknowledged as the "father of home video games" for his pioneering work in electronics and television engineering, died on Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92.

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Mon December 8, 2014
Author Interviews

Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970.
Frank Empson The Tennessean

Language advisory: Quotes in this story contain language some find offensive.

Many people are familiar with the big stories of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African American athletes became "firsts" — whether they liked that distinction or not.

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Mon December 8, 2014
Arts & Life

Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

The Café Edison serves what might be called Jewish soul food — blintzes, matzoh ball soup and kasha varnishkes.
Jeff Lunden

Yesterday, about 50 protestors — and some media outlets — gathered on West 47th Street near Times Square for a rally to save the Café Edison, a diner whose clientele includes everyone from Broadway luminaries to tourists. People carried signs, local politicians spoke, and a quartet sang — to the tune of "Silver Bells" — an ode to the cafe's matzoh balls.

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Mon December 8, 2014

How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1970.

Most books about President Richard Nixon focus either on his foreign policies or on the crimes and misdemeanors that forced his resignation under threat of impeachment.

Not Stephen Hess's new book, The Professor and the President.

Hess, who has been writing about government for decades out of Washington's Brookings Institution, witnessed a rare partnership inside the White House.

The president — Nixon — was a Republican who felt obliged to do something about welfare.

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Mon December 8, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Doritos Loaded

Doritos Loaded: Just nachos that keep their feelings on the inside.

Doritos are everywhere. They're in taco shells at Taco Bell, they're in pizza crusts in Australia and they're sneaking up behind you right now with murder in their eyes. 7-Eleven has introduced the Doritos Loaded, shorthand for "vaguely Doritos-shaped fried thing stuffed with cheese."

Robert: This is what happens to Doritos after they eat too many Doritos.

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Mon December 8, 2014
Movie Interviews

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:52 pm

Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, a film about a standup comedian who is trying to reshape his career.
Ali Paige Goldstein Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

In the new film Top Five, Chris Rock plays Andre Allen, a standup comedian who has starred in a series of blockbuster comedies as a catchphrase-spewing character called Hammy the Bear.

When Top Five begins, Allen has given up the Hammy movies, given up drinking and is trying to reshape his career with his new dramatic film about a Haitian slave rebellion. Like Allen, Rock says he has had doubts about his own career.

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Mon December 8, 2014
Art & Design

Spanish Artist Francisco Goya On Display In Boston: An Extraordinary Exhibit

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Mon December 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Doris Lessing's Personal Library Returns Home — To Zimbabwe

Sitting on the steps outside her London home, Doris Lessing learns from reporters that she won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

In retrospectives, Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing often gets tagged as a British novelist, having been born to British parents and spent decades living in London. Yet for some 25 years of her youth, Lessing lived in Zimbabwe — then a British colony called Southern Rhodesia. After leaving the country, and even after being banned briefly for criticizing the colony's white leaders, she still devoted much of her energy in later years to opening libraries there.

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Mon December 8, 2014