Sat July 26, 2014
Code Switch

Dueling Markets Show Native American Art Is Big Business

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:26 pm

An estimated 175,000 people travel to New Mexico in August to view Native American art.
Larry Lamsa Flickr

The 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market is only a month away. It's the biggest and best-known destination for Native artists and Native art collectors on the planet, and this year, it's got competition — a new event called the Indigenous Fine Arts Market.

Native American art and culture is big business. If you don't believe that, look no further than the controversial or illegal sides of the market. If you've been paying attention over the last year, you've seen some lurid and fascinating headlines:

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Fri July 25, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: We Ask A San Francisco Drag Queen About Queens, N.Y.

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:06 pm

Jose Guzman Colon Courtesy Peaches Christ

Behind all the nerd billionaires and trendy restaurants in today's San Francisco, there is another city, where the most interesting people aren't wearing hoodies — they're wearing spike heels, glitter catsuits and fantastic hair.

We've invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called "Fuggedaboutit!" Three questions for a drag queen about Queens — that borough of New York City destined to be the next hipster capital now that Brooklyn is old news.

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Fri July 25, 2014
Movie Interviews

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

Woody Allen directs --€“ that's right, directs --€” Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic in the Moonlight.
Jack English Sony Pictures Classics

In Magic in the Moonlight, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Stanley, Firth's character, takes on the case of a young woman, played by Emma Stone, who is a supposedly adept medium.

Firth tells NPR's Robert Siegel how some of the more well-known myths about working will Allen checked out, and why he's been appearing in fewer comedies.

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Fri July 25, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.

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Fri July 25, 2014
The Salt

Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:48 am

At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment.
Andrea Shea for WBUR

You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.

But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called Yume Wo Katare that serves more than just ramen.

There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. But that's exactly what happens at Yume Wo Katare.

"Everyone, he did a good job!"

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Fri July 25, 2014
Movie Reviews

Philip Seymour Hoffman Leaves Indelible Bond In 'Most Wanted Man'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:18 am

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Fri July 25, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Lucy': Hot Buttered Popcorn, With Plenty Of Nuts

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 2:48 pm

Universal Pictures

What would you do if you could access 100 percent of your brain's potential processing power? Reverse climate change? Pick up new languages while you sleep? Pay your rent on time? Invent an iPhone capable of making and receiving telephone calls?

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Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

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

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Fri July 25, 2014
Pop Culture

It's Time For Comic-Con!

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:14 am

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Fri July 25, 2014
Planet Money

Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:32 pm

The cover of Michael Bunker's self published book Pennsylvania Omnibus.
Michael Bunker

Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.

"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."

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