Arts

7:03am

Sun March 2, 2014
Three Books...

Over The Hump: Three Books To Help You Through A Midlife Crisis

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The midlife crisis book inhabits a behemoth literary genre. It spans the feel-good fantasy of Eat, Pray, Love; the survival of "ordinary disasters" and meditation on mortality that is Martin Amis' Experience; and the chintz-patterned glasses through which Anna Quindlen envisions the padded retreat into her prime real estate-ensconced years.

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6:59pm

Sat March 1, 2014
The 86th Annual Academy Awards

The Human Moments We Miss, Backstage At The Oscars

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 7:08 pm

Every year, Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznick covers the Oscars from behind the scenes.
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Picture this: You're standing on a stage. You're the center of attention in an auditorium filled with over 3,000 people. Roughly 40 million more are watching you on TV.

No, this isn't a nightmare — it's the Academy Awards. Every year, the standout members of the film industry are presented with Hollywood's highest honor: an Oscar.

But what happens after you've won the coveted gold statue? What does it feel like to walk away from the flashbulbs and fans, and step into the quiet darkness behind the curtains?

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5:12pm

Sat March 1, 2014
Code Switch

'Mad Black Men': Yes, There Were Black People In '60s Advertising

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 1:23 am

Mad Black Men's protagonist, Ron Rapper, gets a skeptical look from the secretary on his first day in the office.
Mad Black Men

When Mad Men first premiered on AMC in 2007, Xavier Ruffin — a young, African-American graphic designer from Milwaukee, Wisc. — really wanted to like it.

"I wanted to be a fan of it when it first came out," Ruffin tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I just had my own personal differences. Not liking the way blacks were represented in their universe. I just couldn't get over it."

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9:50am

Sat March 1, 2014
Business

A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:37 am

Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.

The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.

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8:02am

Sat March 1, 2014
Monkey See

Nine Best Picture Nominees, Many Funny Faces, And A Couple Of Bonus Features

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 5:33 am

7:56am

Sat March 1, 2014
Arts & Life

Web Series On Theater Turns Drama Into Comedy

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

"Submissions Only" is a backstage comedy - in fact, it goes so far backstage, it goes into the auditions. It's the story of eager, hopeful actors, hectored and hectoring agents, and demanding casting directors who work just around the corner from Broadway.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) Hey, Pen, I went on theater burn and wrote I don't care who's directing "Jeremy's Fort," as long as Penny Riley is still in it. She's going to be fierce.

KATE WETHERHEAD: (as Penny) Aw. And then did everybody write Penny who?

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7:56am

Sat March 1, 2014
Author Interviews

Cheever Biographer Turns His Eye On His Own Troubled Family

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Blake Bailey has written biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates and Charles Jackson.
Mary Brinkmeyer

Blake Bailey is best known for his prize-winning biographies of great writers who were also destructive — and not just self-destructive — people. His books on John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson have been sympathetic, but unsparing.

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7:56am

Sat March 1, 2014
Author Interviews

If Anyone Can Make Golf Exciting, It'd Be Dan Jenkins

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Dan Jenkins has covered sporting events around the world, from golf to football to skiing, from Pebble Beach to Green Bay to Gstaad, in pungent prose with a Texas kick — and in the process, he's become more famous than a lot of the athletes he was writing about.

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7:56am

Sat March 1, 2014
Movie Interviews

Elaine Stritch, Volatile And Vulnerable In 'Shoot Me'

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Fists balled and feet planted, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch powers through a song with her longtime music director, Rob Bowman, in a scene from Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
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Elaine Stritch is the lioness in winter. She's 89 and still performs ocassionally, after eight decades on Broadway and the West End. Sir Noel Coward reworked his musical, Sail Away, to give her all the best songs. She stopped Stephen Sondheim's Company in the middle of the show when she sang "The Ladies Who Lunch," which has become her signature song.

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7:56am

Sat March 1, 2014
Author Interviews

With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 11:03 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You know, as I host this program, I'm on a social media platform - Twitter, as a matter of fact. There is no group that takes that new social media platform more than teenagers, and that's exactly what worries a lot of parents. Danah Boyd is a respected researcher in the world of social media. She spent years studying teenagers and how they interact online. Her findings are in a new book called "It's Complicated." In this encore broadcast, NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

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