Arts

5:09am

Sat May 9, 2015
The Seams

Shake What Your Mama Didn't Give You: Shapewear Through The Ages

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

Whalebone stays and pannier from France, 1740-1760. The hoops of the pannier fold up, making it easier for the wearer to climb into carriages.
Patricia Canino

Ah, spring. Time to head out to the great outdoors and — what's that? You gained a few extra pounds over the winter? There are those who, feeling self-conscious, might reach for Oprah's favorite undergarment: Spanx. And that's nothing new; for centuries, men and women have been shaping their silhouettes.

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4:31pm

Fri May 8, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:03 pm

An electronic game at the Wind Creek Wetumpka casino in Wetumpka, Ala.
Dave Martin AP

#NPRreads is a feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we bring you five reads.

From NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott:

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3:55pm

Fri May 8, 2015
The Two-Way

ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 6:21 pm

Kermit the Frog speaks to Gonzo the Great in a scene from ABC's The Muppets.
Eric McCandless ABC

The long wait for Muppets fans is over: ABC is bringing back the beloved puppets in a prime-time TV series this fall for the first time in nearly 20 years.

News of the new show, called The Muppets, dropped this week as TV networks begin calling producers, stars and studio executives in advance of next week's "upfronts" — the annual ritual where broadcasters roll out their fall schedules for advertisers to score advance sales.

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2:28pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Monkey See

'Grace And Frankie' Looks At Life Unexpectedly Alone

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 9:48 am

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
Melissa Moseley Netflix

The opening credits of the new Netflix comedy (maybe comedy-drama) Grace And Frankie lay out the show's high concept using the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" and a set of wedding cake toppers. You see two couples, then two couples with kids, then the husbands kissing, then the abandoned women falling through the broken cake.

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1:35pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Movie Reviews

Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:56 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

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1:35pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:56 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

We're remembering British mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who died last Saturday in London at the age of 85. Rendell was interviewed twice by Terry Gross, first in 1989. Terry asked her to describe her best-known character, Reg Wexford.

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1:35pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Books

Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:23 pm

Ruth Rendell wrote more than 60 books, some under the pseudonym Barbara Vine.
Max Nash AP

When the news of Ruth Rendell's death broke last weekend, I searched for some of her novels on my mystery bookshelves. Rendell, 85, wrote more than 60 novels, so I should've been able to find a few, but no dice. I'm forever giving Rendell's novels away to people who need a good book.

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5:04am

Fri May 8, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Unlikely Stars Of Americans' Favorite Video Games

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 11:14 am

Ellen McLain (standing fourth from left) and John Lowrie (standing in center) are unlikely celebrities in gaming culture. But they are the voices behind some of the video game world's most popular characters.
Courtesy of John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Ellen McLain had a long career as an opera singer. But now her voice is most famous for something entirely different: video games. McLain is the voice of GLaDOS, the passive-aggressive computer in the games Portal and Portal 2.

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7:19pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Salt

Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:50 pm

A recent Death over Dinner party in San Francisco. From left: Tim Ferriss, Laura Deming, Luke Nosek, Eric Weinstein, Mason Hartman, and Max Hodak.
Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio

On a recent evening in San Francisco, five guests gather at the home of Eric Weinstein and his wife, Pia Malaney, for a tasty dinner of seared salmon and a deep discussion of a topic that many people might find unpalatable: death.

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5:03pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Saint Laurent,' A Radical Man Of Fashion

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:06 pm

Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent.
Carole Bethuel Mandarin Cinema-EuropaCorp-Orange Studio-Arte France Cinema-Scope Pictures, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Early on in Bertrand Bonello's extravagantly imagined portrait of designer Yves Saint Laurent, strict orders come down from the Great One to the stressed-out sewing room, or whatever they call it in that etherized milieu. The tone is hushed but the message is clear: the stitching's all wrong; it must be put right; it must be put right now. In every other respect, Bonello's film has nothing — believe me, nothing — in common with The Devil Wears Prada.

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