Mon February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis: A Big-Screen Comedy Nerd, Eager To Please

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:02 pm

Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, was one of Ramis' many successful comedies. The writer, director, actor and producer died Monday; he had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters III.
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Harold Ramis, who died Monday at 69, helped create such hits as Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Meatballs and others. And he brought an impish spirit to all of them.

Onscreen he was a big smiling lug: shaggy, upbeat, cheery. He was almost always a supporting player, but invariably a forceful one you really couldn't ignore.

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Mon February 24, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Wrecking Ball

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:13 pm

The Wrecking Ball

A fast-food secret menu is like Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start for eating: Once you know that it exists, it changes your life for the better, forever.

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Mon February 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 11:00 am

Sure, you can try doing your Internet browsing this way, but we can't promise that it will help you protect your personal data online.

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. "It turns out I had been doing about 26,000 Google searches a month ... and I was amazed at how revealing they were," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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Mon February 24, 2014
Code Switch

Blood And Water: Illustrating Langston Hughes' 'Rivers'

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 2:22 pm

Afua Richardson

NPR Books and Code Switch are winding down Black History Month in style: We've asked three of our favorite comic artists to illustrate something — a person, a poem, a play, a book, a song — that inspires them. Afua Richardson is an award-winning illustrator who's worked for Image, Marvel and DC Comics. She's chosen Langston Hughes' great poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." And you can see Richardson's video, created from these panels, here.

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Mon February 24, 2014
Black History Month: #AfroGlobal

Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 2:14 pm

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage Theater.
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Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah was born in Britain to immigrant parents from Grenada. His dad worked as a factory worker and his mother worked three jobs to send him to private school in the hope he would become a lawyer. "She wanted me to contribute to the upliftment of my community," he tells NPR's Michel Martin.

In 2003, he became the first black Briton to stage a play in London's prestigious West End theater district with his award-winning piece "Elmina's Kitchen." The play tackled gun crime, displacement and racism in East London.

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Mon February 24, 2014
Monkey See

A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 10:01 pm


It's hard to take not one but two genres that are typically thought of as staples of old-fashioned "media for women" – the advice column and the collection of household hints – and make them feel at all relevant to women now, who may or may not have time for all the fussing that perfect housekeeping ideally entails and may or may not live lives in which it's their responsibility, or their priority.

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Mon February 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Byline Tally Shows There's Still Gender Bias In Book Reviewing

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 10:01 am

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This post was updated at 9:45 a.m. ET

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

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Sun February 23, 2014
Monkey See

Oh, Lady Edith

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, whose rather appalling luck seems destined to follow her.
Nick Briggs PBS

[This piece contains information about the plot of Downton Abbey, up to and including Sunday night's fourth-season finale.]

Another season of Downton Abbey has come to a close, and once again, Lady Edith is unlucky. Unlucky in love, unlucky in life. She's unluckier than Bates, and he went to jail for something he didn't do, for what certainly felt like a really, really long time. She's unluckier than Matthew, and he's quite deceased.

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Sun February 23, 2014
Author Interviews

'Cut Me Loose': After Exile, A Young Woman's Journey In 'Sin'

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 1:44 pm

Leah Vincent is a board member of Footsteps and co-producer of the It Gets Besser project, both of which help support people who have decided to leave ultra-Orthodoxy.
Ned & Aya Rosen Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism, in Pittsburgh.

"Yeshivish Judaism life is defined by religious law," Vincent tells NPR's Arun Rath. "We keep extra-strict laws of kosher, observe the Sabbath every week, maintain a separation of the sexes and a degree of isolation from the outside world."

When she was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend. Contact with men is forbidden in her sect, and she was cast out from her community.

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Sun February 23, 2014
Movie Reviews

A 'Tale' That's A Labor Of Love, But Not A Complete Success



Book fans can be pretty picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. And Hollywood can sometimes disappoint. Marc Helprin's "Winter's Tale" has been a favorite of readers since it was published in 1983. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review of how well it works as a movie.

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