Arts

8:03am

Sun March 22, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

What's Last Comes First

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

NPR

On-air challenge: You'll be given some words. For each one, name another word that can follow the first to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase. The last and first letters, respectively, of the first word must be the first and second letters, respectively, of the second. For example, given "tennis," you would say "stadium" or "stroke."

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8:02am

Sun March 22, 2015
Author Interviews

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Scott Sampson has a big fancy title. He's the vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. But to a whole lot of American kids, he's this guy...

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8:01am

Sun March 22, 2015
Theater

William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:19 am

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6:18am

Sun March 22, 2015
The Salt

Foraging In The Office Fridge: Petty Theft Or Public Service?

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 10:14 am

Snarky notes may not do much to ward off office fridge thieves. "I came across one guy who will intentionally steal people's food when they leave snarky notes," says Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful.
Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman/NPR

There is perhaps no greater opportunity to introduce tension into the workplace than within the walls of the office refrigerator. It's a social experiment without a set list of rules to guide behavior, and no authority to enforce what's appropriate.

Is a dollop of ketchup too much? What if someone's sandwich has been in there for days?

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6:27pm

Sat March 21, 2015
Author Interviews

Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 3:22 pm

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Nina MacLaughlin always knew she wanted to be a writer. She studied English and classics in college, and after graduation, she landed a great job with Boston's weekly alternative newspaper, the Boston Phoenix.

But after a few years of editing the newspaper's website, the drudgery began to hit her. It involved so much clicking, she says, and so many empty hours scrolling through the Internet. It didn't feel like how she wanted to spend her life.

And then came the low point: web producing a "listicle" of the world's "100 Unsexiest Men."

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5:31pm

Sat March 21, 2015
My Big Break

'I'm Perd Hapley, And I Just Realized I'm Played By An Actual Newscaster'

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 7:41 pm

Jay Jackson, as Perd Hapley, interviews Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope during the sixth season of Parks and Recreation.
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As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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9:17am

Sat March 21, 2015
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:43 am

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Novelist Richard Price has spent his career writing about cops, but he didn't really get to know one until relatively late in life. "I had never met a cop before I was, like, 35," Price tells NPR's Peter Sagal. "I had no reason to. And I just got addicted to what you can see ... from the back of a police car."

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7:37am

Sat March 21, 2015
Book News & Features

400 Years Later, Spain May Have Found 'Don Quixote' Author's Grave

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:56 am

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7:11am

Sat March 21, 2015
Book News & Features

'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:56 am

In her first novel, Hausfrau, poet Jill Alexander Essbaum has created a heroine who is not without precedent. Her name is Anna and she is, as we learn in the first sentence, "a good wife, mostly." That phrase, written with a poet's precision, contains a kernel of truth and a world of lies.

As a woman frustrated by the parameters of her own life, Essbaum's character has much in common with some literary heavyweights from the past.

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7:11am

Sat March 21, 2015
Author Interviews

'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From'

Originally published on Sat March 21, 2015 10:56 am

Growing up, writer Caryl Phillips sometimes felt like an outsider. "I think that's very commonplace in British life," he tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I certainly, as the child of migrants to Britain, felt that at times."

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