Arts

9:37am

Fri October 11, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Does Identity Mean For An Immigrant?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:27 pm

"I feel like I've lived many lives, sometimes" — Tan Le
TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Identities.

About Tan Le's TEDTalk

Entrepreneur Tan Le recounts her family's harrowing journey from Vietnam to Australia. She talks about how her upbringing as a Vietnamese refugee living in Australia has defined her identity.

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9:37am

Fri October 11, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Do You Call Home?

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:25 am

"I think being a part of many places but not entirely of any one of them is a terrific emancipation" — Pico Iyer
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Identities.

About Pico Iyer's TEDTalk

Country and culture used to serve as the cornerstones of identity, but what does "home" mean to someone who comes from many places? Writer Pico Iyer talks about the meaning of home in a world where the old boundaries of nation-states no longer apply.

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9:37am

Fri October 11, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Stories Overcome Identity Politics?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:27 pm

"If you're a woman writer from the Muslim world, like me, then you are expected to write the stories of Muslim women — and preferably, the unhappy stories of unhappy Muslim women" — Elif Shafak
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Identities.

About Elif Shafak's TEDTalk

Novelist Elif Shafak describes how fiction has allowed her to explore many different lives, to jump over cultural walls, and how it may have the power to overcome identity politics.

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9:37am

Fri October 11, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Your Child's Identity Shape Yours?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 2:27 pm

"The point when peace arrives is when you no longer feel like ... you need to make a noisy celebration about it, when you've just incorporated into who you are" — Andrew Solomon
TEDMED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Identities.

About Andrew Solomon's TEDTalk

What is it like to raise a child whose very identity is fundamentally different than yours? Writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents and how the experience shaped the identities of both parent and child.

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8:01am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' Banned At New Mexico School

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 2:55 pm

Neil Gaiman is also the author of Coraline, American Gods, Anansi Boys,Stardust and M Is for Magic. He was born in Hampshire, England, and now lives near Minneapolis.
Darryl James Getty Images

This post was updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

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

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2:57am

Fri October 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 12:22 pm

Cosmo Wenman generated this 3-D model of the Ares Borghese, based on hundreds of photos, from the Basel Sculpture Hall. Wenman publishes the scans online, so that anyone can use them to 3-D print a replica of the masterpiece.
Courtesy of Cosmo Wenman

You may never be able to get to Italy to see Michelangelo's David — but advances in 3-D printing technology are making it possible for you to create an almost perfect replica.

It's an idea that Cosmo Wenman is hoping will catch on. He's pushing the edges of how 3-D printing can be used to make classic works accessible.

I followed Wenman on an excursion to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. These days, a lot of museums let people take photos of art, and Wenman takes a lot of them.

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2:56am

Fri October 11, 2013
Author Interviews

At 75 She's Doing Fine; Kids Still Love Their 'Madeline'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:31 am

Madeline may be about to celebrate her 75th birthday next year, but the beloved little girl never seems to grow up. After more than seven decades she's still having adventures donned in her coat and big yellow hat with a ribbon down the back.

Readers were first introduced to Madeline in 1939 by author and artist Ludwig Bemelmans. He would go on to write a series of stories that each began in the same way:

In an old house in Paris
That was covered in vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

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6:43pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Captain Phillips': High Stakes On The High Seas

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

In the emotionally fraught thriller Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks plays the real-life freighter captain whose Maersk Alabama was overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009.
Columbia Pictures

Before seeing Paul Greengrass' nerve-wracking, based-on-fact thriller Captain Phillips, I'd never been able to get my head around the logistics of Somali piracy. Enormous commercial freighters, captured and held for ransom by tiny bands of pirates — often teenagers — who always seem to overtake the freighters on the high seas in fishing skiffs smaller than the freighters' lifeboats.

I mean, you wonder: How on earth could four or five teenagers capture a freighter, subduing a far larger crew and extracting millions of dollars in ransom?

Wonder no more.

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5:12pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Books News & Features

Canada's Alice Munro Awarded Nobel In Literature

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:33 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And finally this hour, we celebrate the 110th winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro. She is the 13th woman to win the award. The Canadian writer was hailed by the Swedish academy as a master of the contemporary short story. Over her career, Munro has written 14 story collections and one novel. As NPR's Neda Ulaby reports, Munro began writing as a child in rural Western Ontario, raised in a family of tough Scottish Presbyterians.

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5:04pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Monkey See

Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:59 pm

Short story author Alice Munro, seen here in Dublin in 2009, won the Nobel Prize in Literature today. Her stories often touched on a less obvious form of evil.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature today, taught me something important and abiding and true about evil.

Specifically, she taught me about that singular species of evil we swim through all our lives. It's the evil to which we petty humans default, even — especially — as we reassure ourselves that we are blessed creatures, generous of spirit. It's the evil born of thoughtlessness and self-regard, and it crouches, waiting, in every conversation, every appraising look, every single human interaction that fills up our days.

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