Arts

9:54am

Fri February 7, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Watching Sports, Philip Seymour Hoffman, And Poisoned Wells

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On this week's show, we turn to a topic near and dear to exactly half of our hearts: the wide world of sports. Glen explains how he came to feel the same way about sports that he feels about Fred Basset. Stephen envisions an actor breaking his leg and the play falling into a "clown show," and I wax rhapsodic about those great little Olympic stories about somebody's excited mom. It's the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the nature of enthusiasm, all in one sportsy chat.

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7:32am

Fri February 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: It's The End Of The Story For Sony's E-Bookstore

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

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7:02am

Fri February 7, 2014
Book Reviews

You'll Get Lost In The Haunted World Of 'Annihilation'

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 11:25 am

Eric Nyquist Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

I sat down with Jeff VanderMeer's new book, Annihilation, on a snowy afternoon, cracked it open, and hated it from word one.

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4:58am

Fri February 7, 2014
Middle East

Civil War Puts Syria's Cultural Heritage In Peril

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 11:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:27am

Fri February 7, 2014
Fine Art

Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:17 pm

Ettlinger at age 22, after his stint in the army.
Courtesy George Ettlinger

It's not often that a big-budget Hollywood film turns its attention to art historians and curators. But that's the subject of The Monuments Men, opening this weekend at a multiplex near you.

George Clooney stars in and directs the story, about a special group of soldiers tasked with protecting the masterpieces of European culture during the chaos of World War II and its aftermath. But as you might expect, the real story of the Monuments Men — and women — is messier and less glamorous than the Hollywood version.

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7:16pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Movie Reviews

Plenty Of Heart, Not Much Art In 'Monuments Men'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:04 pm

Frank Stokes (George Clooney), Walter Garfield (John Goodman) and Sam Epstein (Dimitri Leonidas) are part of a World War II platoon ordered to rescue stolen art from the Nazis in The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney.
Claudette Barius Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

There's a fascinating tale to be told in The Monuments Men, George Clooney's new film based on the true story of a search for looted art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. In real life, with fighting still raging on the battlefields of Europe, a small team of art experts searched urgently for tens of thousands of missing paintings and sculptures. The movie's audience will search for something a little different.

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6:29pm

Thu February 6, 2014
The Edge

In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:50 pm

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing at all the Olympic Games since 1992, but for him, Sochi is special.
Sam Sanders NPR

The thing about Sochi and the surrounding area, and the sidewalks, and the roads, and the land around the train tracks, is the construction. It is everywhere — in places where some might see it and say, "Wait, it doesn't matter. This will not be on TV. No one important is staying here. Just let it go." Miles away from any venue or lodging or Olympic rings.

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6:02pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Lego Movie': A Goofy Toy Story That Genuinely Clicks

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 7:24 pm

In The Lego Movie, ordinary-guy Emmet (Chris Pratt) is expected to save the world with the help of a rebellious crew that includes Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman).
Warner Bros.

5:18pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'Trieste,' by Dasa Drndic

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:55 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, but Croatian writer Dasa Drndic makes the war and its countless horrors feel fresh and urgent in her latest novel "Trieste." Ellen Elias-Bursac translated the book into English.

Alan Cheuse with our review.

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5:18pm

Thu February 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Perfume's Scents Of Subversion? Sweat, Musk And Patchouli

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 7:55 pm

A combination of musk with a traditional floral scent made Chanel No. 5 a revolutionary fragrance.
Hiroko Masuike AP

Barbara Herman has spent the better part of the past six years taking a deep nosedive into the world of vintage fragrances. Her quest has been to find the bold, sexy and downright odd smells that have defined women over the decades.

The result is a book called Scent And Subversion: Decoding A Century Of Provocative Perfume. It explains how, at the turn of the 20th century, most perfumes were still just one note, floral. Then, a now-iconic perfume came along — one that combined musk with a traditional floral scent.

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