Arts

5:18pm

Sun February 16, 2014
Television

Fumbling Through 'Fatherhood,' Even With The Best Advice

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:49 am

Fatherhood is Hank Azaria's new documentary series on the triumphs and challenges of becoming a dad.
AOL

Actor Hank Azaria wasn't sure he wanted to become a father.

"I am not a children kind of person," he says in the first episode of Fatherhood, his new AOL documentary series. "I feel about kids the way I feel about most people. Which is, most of them are annoying. Children are no exception — they're just annoying short people."

So Azaria set out to document his quest for parental wisdom, quizzing his friends, poker buddies and experts about why they chose to become parents.

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5:18pm

Sun February 16, 2014
My Big Break

Mike Rowe's Own Dirty Job: Selling Knick-Knacks Overnight

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:49 am

Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs was canceled in 2012. He now runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.
Courtesy of Mike Rowe

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.

Before Mike Rowe was the host of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, he was selling knick-knacks on the QVC cable network in the middle of the night. He got the job after winning a bet in a Baltimore bar.

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5:18pm

Sun February 16, 2014
Strange News

Vikings Of The World, Unite In Battle: The Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 7:12 pm

Warriors battle at the 2012 JORVIK Viking Festival. This year promises to be even fiercer, with the apocalypse looming.
Allan Harris Flickr.com

Steel your nerves, dear reader. Ragnarok, the Viking apocalypse, draws near.

According to Norse mythology, the end of times has been brewing for about 100 days. It all started when the wolf son of Loki broke out of prison and the giant Midgard Serpent rose from the sea.

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8:15am

Sun February 16, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

Get Ready To Flip Your Lid

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

NPR

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle is called "One, Two, Three — Flip!" The answer will come in the form of two words, and for each word you'll get a clue beforehand. Reverse the order of the first three letters of the first word to get the second word. Example: Cavalry sword and more villainous = SABER, BASER.

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8:10am

Sun February 16, 2014
Movie Interviews

Disney's First Crop Of Trained Animators, Profiled

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

The first generation of animators to attend Walt Disney's California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s is profiled in Vanity Fair magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Nancy Beiman, who was part of that first class.

5:28am

Sun February 16, 2014
Movies

Martin Scorsese Takes Poland's Communist-Era Art Films On The Road

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

The hero of Andrzej Wajda's Ashes And Diamonds is torn between fighting Poland's post-World War II communist regime and returning to a normal, peaceful life.
Courtesy of Milestone Film

Martin Scorsese fell in love with Polish movies when he was in college.

"The images have stayed in my head for so many years, since the late '50s," he says. "I close my eyes, I see them, especially from Ashes And Diamonds, from The Saragossa Manuscript. They're very vivid, expressive, immediate."

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5:00pm

Sat February 15, 2014
NPR Story

The Secret Operation To Bring Nazi Scientists To America

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 9:18 pm

Adolf Hitler salutes to a crowd of soldiers at a Nazi rally in 1938. Years later, in the final months of World War II, the United States undertook an enormous effort to attract Nazi scientists.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

In the fall of 1944, the United States and its allies launched a secret mission code-named Operation Paperclip. The aim was to find and preserve German weapons, including biological and chemical agents, but American scientific intelligence officers quickly realized the weapons themselves were not enough.

They decided the United States needed to bring the Nazi scientists themselves to the U.S. Thus began a mission to recruit top Nazi doctors, physicists and chemists — including Wernher von Braun, who went on to design the rockets that took man to the moon.

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3:43pm

Sat February 15, 2014
Three Books...

Muses And More: 3 Books We Owe To Writers' Lovers

Many writers used their romantic partners as inspiration for characters and plot lines: Tolstoy's courtship of his wife, Sophia, became the model for Levin's wooing of Kitty in Anna Karenina, while Gustave Flaubert shamelessly infused intimate details about his mistress into the titular Madame Bovary. But some scribes owe much more to their significant others. These career-defining books might never have graced our shelves if it weren't for writers' strong-willed other halves.

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9:54am

Sat February 15, 2014
Digital Life

An App On The Search For The Secret To Happiness

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Social scientists have a new way of researching happiness. Now, for years you had to ask somebody why they were happy in order study what makes somebody happy, but that's been hard to do every minute of every day until now. Guy Raz of the TED Radio Hour explains.

GUY RAZ, BYLINE: Matt Killingsworth is a scientist who...

MATT KILLINGSWORTH: ...studies the causes and nature of human happiness.

RAZ: Which used to mean bringing people to a lab and interviewing them and trying to figure out...

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9:54am

Sat February 15, 2014
Arts & Life

The Thousands Of Ways To Tie A Tie

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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