Arts

9:06am

Sun March 9, 2014
Art & Design

Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

After the Rockefeller Center mural was destroyed in 1934, Diego Rivera recreated this version, named Man, Controller of the Universe, which is on display at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The story of the original mural's creation and destruction is the focus of a Mexican Cultural Institute exhibition in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of Museo Frida Kahlo

When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.

In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.

Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.

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8:19am

Sun March 9, 2014
Race

Busting Stereotypes To Become A Prima Ballerina

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Transcript

MISTY COPELAND: I'm Misty Copeland and I'm a soloist with American Ballet Theater.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And how many years have you been dancing, Misty?

COPELAND: I have now been dancing for I think it's about 17 or 18 years but professionally for 13.

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8:19am

Sun March 9, 2014
National Security

Do We Really Need The Air Force?

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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8:19am

Sun March 9, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

A High Five On The Seven Seas

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

NPR

On-air challenge: For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.

Last week's challenge: The challenge came from listener Harry Hillson of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. Take the first name of a nominee for Best Actor or Best Actress at last Sunday's Oscars. You can rearrange these letters into a two-word phrase that describes his or her character in the film for which he or she is nominated. Who is this star, and what is the phrase?

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5:10am

Sun March 9, 2014
PG-13: Risky Reads

For A Sheltered Teen, 'Thorn Birds' Was A Much-Needed Eye-Opener

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I recently met up with one of my former high-school English teachers, and talk turned naturally to books. I told her how influential the books I'd read throughout my high school years had been, and mentioned several titles by name — The Count of Monte Cristo, Alas, Babylon, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men.

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5:09am

Sun March 9, 2014
Europe

Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Actor Jose Novo was born in Spain's Almeria region in the 1960s and claims to be the son of the American actor Henry Fonda, to whom he bears a striking resemblance.
Courtesy of Alvaro Deprit

If the Tabernas Desert in Spain's Almeria region looks like the set of a Hollywood Western, that's because it was one.

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6:27pm

Sat March 8, 2014
Movie Interviews

'Kids For Cash' Captures A Juvenile Justice Scandal From Two Sides

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

Kids for Cash chronicles the story of Judge Mark A. Chiavarella, who was convicted in 2011 for sending thousands of children to a juvenile detention facility from which he'd received a "finder's fee."
Courtesy of SenArt Films

In 2009, a major corruption scandal dubbed "Kids for Cash" hit the juvenile justice system of northeast Pennsylvania.

Two local judges had been enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior by kids. Even minor offenses, like fighting in school or underage drinking, could mean hard time in a juvenile detention facility.

Federal prosecutors alleged the judges were actually getting kickbacks from those private detention facilities. They said the judges kept the juvenile detention centers full, and received cash in return.

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5:34pm

Sat March 8, 2014
My Big Break

The Unforgettable Performance Ed Harris Doesn't Remember

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

Actor Ed Harris has been nominated for four Academy Awards.
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As part of a new 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.

Actor Ed Harris, whose new film The Face of Love is out in select theaters, has taken on some indelible roles: from the controlling creator of the tiny universe in The Truman Show, to abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

But his most memorable acting experience came long before these Oscar-nominated performances.

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5:34pm

Sat March 8, 2014
Religion

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

The brothers of Alpha Lambda Mu come from a variety of backgrounds and religious upbringings. "We meet at this middle ground we call brotherhood," says ALM founder Ali Mahmoud.
Dylan Hollingsworth

Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country.

"I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus," says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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7:53am

Sat March 8, 2014
Books News & Features

From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 11:31 am

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In his latest book, Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu explores the nature of loneliness, violence and love. Mengestu is known for his novels about the immigrant experience in this country, but this book, All Our Names, is something of a departure. Much of the story unfolds in Africa and there are two narrators: One is a young man who flees violence and revolution to seek refuge in America, the other is a white woman who has never left the Midwest.

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