Arts

2:51pm

Thu January 2, 2014
All Tech Considered

Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:17 pm

While counting Netflix's microgenres, Madrigal discovered the streaming service's favorite adjective: romantic. It appears in 5,272 categories.
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In the old days, a movie genre was a simple, communal category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama. One had to locate oneself in the Drama aisle at the video store and then look for just the right thing: A dark road trip movie with a strong female lead? Aha, Thelma & Louise.

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1:14pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Author Interviews

Visible And Invisible: 'Servants' Looks At Life Downstairs

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 5:28 pm

Early 20th century British maids worked long, hard days with little time off.
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Many Americans were introduced to the world of early 20th century British servants through the PBS series Downton Abbey, which premieres its fourth season Sunday. The show is set in an era when domestic service was the largest single occupation in Great Britain.

"In 1900, it was calculated to comprise a third of all women who were in the workforce," writer Lucy Lethbridge tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

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12:07pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Beauty Shop

Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

9:03am

Thu January 2, 2014
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

Day 9: Ophira Eisenberg, The 1980s Girl Guide

Isn't she cute?
Astrid Eisenberg Courtesy of Ophira Eisenberg

This is the ninth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

Yes, this is Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg, circa 1980, as a Girl Guide.

What's a Girl Guide, you ask? We'll let Ophira explain:

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5:33am

Thu January 2, 2014
Television

Malcolm Jamal Warner On Growing Up On 'The Cosby Show'

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you ever watched "The Cosby Show," you know this voice well.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE COSBY SHOW")

MALCOLM JAMAL WARNER: (as Theo) You know dad's cooking is really delicious. I just wish he wouldn't tell us what's in it.

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6:31pm

Wed January 1, 2014
The Two-Way

'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

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Actor James Avery, known to many as "Uncle Phil" on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. He was 68.
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James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

Avery died on Tuesday in Glendale, Calif., following complications from open heart surgery, publicist Cynthia Snyder told NPR. Avery was 68.

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4:02pm

Wed January 1, 2014
Book Reviews

Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:10 pm

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Random House

Meg Wolitzer's most recent novel is The Interestings.

What's potentially more troubling than a memoirist out for revenge? One who's only out for truth. Gary Shteyngart's dazzling, highly enjoyable book is the story of his life — a story that he owns, along with all the details. Yet, as an only child who immigrated from Leningrad to Queens with his parents in 1979, with no brothers or sisters to provide narrative distraction, he not only provides an intimate look at himself, he also by necessity put his parents under a fairly strong magnifying lens.

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10:00am

Wed January 1, 2014
Remembrances

The Incredible Versatility Of Photographer John Dominis

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Butterfly breeder Carl Anderson with monarch butterflies on his face, 1954
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Photographer John Dominis died Monday at age 92 and left behind one of those archives that are hard to comprehend. Over the course of a few decades at Life magazine, Dominis not only worked in just about every photographic genre but also seemed to have mastered them.

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7:02am

Wed January 1, 2014
New In Paperback

Dec. 30- Jan. 5: Tsunami Survival, A Tokyo Diarist And The Vietnam War

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 9:44 am

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7:02am

Wed January 1, 2014
You Must Read This

Crossroads And Coins: Naomi Mitchison's 'Travel Light'

Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 10:10 am

When I was 7 years old, living in a flat overlooking Hamra street in Ras Beirut, I read The Hobbit. I fell in love with it. I memorized all the songs and made up tunes to them; I memorized all the riddles and asked them of whoever would listen; I made up my own adventures in Mirkwood, my own encounters with Gandalf and Beorn and the Elves. I also read everything I could about Tolkien, and went in search of anything else he'd written. I decided that I too would be a writer, and that I would start with poems and work my way into fiction the way he did.

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