Arts

10:03am

Sat February 1, 2014
Pop Culture

A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

When the Oscar nominees for best song were announced earlier this month, there were, of course, several well-known titles, including Karen O's "The Moon Song," from the movie "Her"; and Pharrell Williams' "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2." Then there was this...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALONE...YET NOT ALONE")

JONI EARECKSON TADA: (Singing) I will not be bent in fear. He's the refuge I know is near...

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10:03am

Sat February 1, 2014
Food

What's Best To Drink With Pizza And Football?

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:00 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This Super Bowl weekend millions of slices of pizza will be consumed and 51 million cases of beer. But there are a lot of beverages to wash down a slice. Katie Parla is a journalist and food historian. She's from New Jersey, where the game will be played, but she lives in Italy now and has written about beverages that go with pizza for Saveur magazine. She joins us on the line from Rome. Thanks very much for being with us.

KATIE PARLA: Thanks for having me.

SIMON: So what's your beverage lineup?

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10:03am

Sat February 1, 2014
Arts & Life

A Winter Straight Out Of Dante's 'Inferno'

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:00 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We generally think of hell as hot, but with the polar vortex sweeping through the country, many Americans may feel that hell is these bleak, cold days of mid-winter. Sally Franson is a write who's felt besieged in her apartment in Minneapolis. She says, "Dante's hell and winters are the same thing." And that's a direct quote from a blog post that she wrote this week. Sally Franson joins us now from Minneapolis. Thanks very much for being with us.

SALLY FRANSON: Pleasure.

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7:02am

Sat February 1, 2014
Book Reviews

Through The 'Dust,' Glimmers Of Brilliance

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 12:44 pm

courtesy of Knopf

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Kenya is a country knit together by secrets. Each character in Dust, her debut novel, owns a share of his land's violent past, a history that longs to be forgotten. They live and love in an atmosphere of mutually agreed-upon silence, a mindset best summed up by Nyipir Oganda, a former soldier: "For the good of the country," he tells his daughter, "we know, nyara, that to name the unnameable is a curse."

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4:55am

Sat February 1, 2014
Author Interviews

Born Together, Then Torn Apart, In Civil War-Era Minnesota

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:00 am

Clement and Angel, fraternal twins separated at birth, have very different lives. After being abandoned, both are raised in Stillwater, Minn., around the time of the Civil War. But Clement dwells among orphans and prostitutes; Angel is adopted by a wealthy couple, and she lives in the town's mansion.

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6:13pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: A Dinosaur Expert Gets Quizzed On Barney

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 2:51 pm

Dan Dry Courtesy Paul Sereno

Paleontologist Paul Sereno is a globe-trotting, headline-making explorer. He's a University of Chicago professor who has discovered several new dinosaur species — and he's also been named to People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people.

Since he's an expert on the dinosaurs of the past, we're going to ask him about a big, friendly dinosaur of the present. We'll present him with three questions about Barney, the purple dinosaur.

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5:46pm

Fri January 31, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:51 pm

Performers get ready before the start of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong on Jan. 31.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Jan. 31 brings the beginning of the Year of the Horse, and while concerns about air pollution have led to fewer celebratory fireworks than usual in China, Patty Chang Anker says that for her, there is no shortage of traditional food. Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals.

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5:46pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Code Switch

'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 8:14 pm

Gund Kwok troupe member Heang Ly takes a break next to her lion costume during a rehearsal in Boston's Chinatown.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Lion and dragon dancers are set to parade down Chinatown streets around the country again with the Friday start of another Lunar New Year.

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2:54pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Monkey See

Yes, Jesse Eisenberg Should Absolutely Play Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg during a portrait session at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September 2013.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

12:31pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Barbershop

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:59 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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