Arts

11:24am

Fri January 3, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What's It Like To Be Young And Bullied?

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 2:48 pm

"I can't let my life be this. Because if I give up now, that's what my life will be. I'll never walk out the front door." — Shane Koyczan
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Overcoming.

About Shane Koyczan's TEDTalk

Shane Koyczan describes growing up endlessly tormented by bullies. When he turned to spoken-word poetry to cope, he found that millions related to his anti-bullying message.

About Shane Koyczan

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9:47am

Fri January 3, 2014
Monkey See

The 'Veronica Mars' Trailer Has Arrived

On March 14, just about a year after it was funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the Veronica Mars movie will come to theaters, and you can now see the trailer.

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9:25am

Fri January 3, 2014
Bonus Round: Ask Me Another

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 10:59 am

Jonathan Coulton, Ask Me Another's versatile house musician, has a song to play for any occasion.
Steve McFarland NPR

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

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8:29am

Fri January 3, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Silly Questions Live, For Special Guests

NPR
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In part one of our live show from December, you heard us talk about culture and the end of the year, as we often do. You heard us explain what's making us happy this week — it was pretty much a regular show, with the addition of our terrific live audience.

This week, in part two, you'll hear something very different.

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7:02am

Fri January 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Cazalet' Author Elizabeth Jane Howard Dies

English novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard is pictured in 1978.
Michael Fresco Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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

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3:26am

Fri January 3, 2014
Theater

Don't Call Him Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner On Life After 'Cosby'

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:53 am

Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays Dr. John Prentice in Arena Stage's production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Amy Ta NPR

Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is best-known for the role he played in the '80s, as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. He's so well-known for that role, in fact, that even now — at age 43 — he still gets called by the wrong name.

"People kind of have a misconception, because when someone calls me Theo and I correct them, say, 'No, my name is Malcolm,' they think I have an attitude about it and I don't want to be associated with the show," Warner explains to NPR's David Green.

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3:26am

Fri January 3, 2014
Theater

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 9:23 am

Reeve Carney (right) handed off the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to successor Justin Matthew Sargent in September 2013. The show closes Jan. 4, and the Smithsonian Institution announced today that it's acquiring Carney's costume.
Rob Kim Getty Images

Regardless of how critics and audiences eventually responded, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was always going to be one of the most-discussed shows in Broadway history. It had songs by U2's Bono and the Edge; it was directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor; it was based on a hit Marvel franchise; there were going to be flying stunts right over the audience's heads.

And then somehow it all went very wrong, from injured actors to huge cost overruns.

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3:25am

Fri January 3, 2014
Architecture

Bjarke Ingels: An Architect For A Moment Or An Era?

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:25 am

Ingels stands in the middle of what will become a giant, twisted wedge of an apartment building in New York City.
Dan Bobkoff For NPR

In a business that's often poorly paid and anonymous, 39-year-old Bjarke Ingels has become something rare, especially at his age: a "starchitect" in demand.

Now, the Danish architect, who has museums, apartment buildings and parks around the world, is taking his talents to New York City.

'Cracks In The Asphalt'

Models fill his firm's New York City office, including a design for a public pier in Brooklyn that looks like a sea creature.

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6:18pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Art & Design

Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:38 pm

Other exhibits on display at the Museum include "Silicon Body Part Piercing Displays," "Cambodian Menu Photo Rejects" and "New York City Tip Jars."
Naho Kubota for Mmuseumm

Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, Museum and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.

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6:18pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Book Reviews

'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:14 am

Burning House
John Rich iStockphoto

My favorite crime novels always combine more than one genre. Like a detective mystery that's really psychological. Or a police captain who happens to be a gourmet. Honestly, most travel books don't even get going until a body or two is discovered.

In the case of Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll, the mashup is suspense meets memoir. It sounds a little gimmicky, but I promise it's absolutely not. Instead we have a semi-autobiographical novel that's poetic, gripping and at times even profound.

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