Arts

7:44am

Sat August 1, 2015
Author Interviews

A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:04 pm

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7:03am

Sat August 1, 2015
Book Reviews

'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

"A dense forest of might'ves." That's how the Willesden Kid, the main character in China Miéville's short story "The Dowager of Bees," describes the weird world he's found himself in: A world much like ours, only ominously askew. The Willesden Kid is a newcomer to an underground circuit of gambling. His sense of reality is already a little off the grid.

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5:27am

Sat August 1, 2015
Architecture

Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 4:04 pm

This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide accident.
Grant L. Gursky Associated Press

Architect Renzo Piano has designed the 87-floor Shard skyscraper in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the new home for the Whitney Museum in New York.

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5:34pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Television

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

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When the BBC canned the host of one of its best rated programs "Top Gear," it was a big deal. Millions of fans tuned in each week to see longtime star Jeremy Clarkson and the flashy stunts of the long-running car show.

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4:36pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Books

Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 5:40 pm

Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word for more than 30 years.
Josh Cheuse

A member of the All Things Considered family has died. Alan Cheuse, who reviewed books on our air nearly every week since the early 1980s, passed away today after a car accident in California two weeks ago. He was 75 years old.

In two minutes every week, Alan paid his respects to good writing in his soft, intense, passionate voice.

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3:48pm

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:10 pm

Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher and longtime literary commentator for NPR, has died at the age of 75. His daughter, Sonya, confirmed that he died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident in California two weeks ago.

"On behalf of the family, we are in deep grief at the loss of our beloved father, husband and grandfather," Sonya Cheuse told NPR. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts. We thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support."

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3:45pm

Fri July 31, 2015
NPR Ed

The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 10:21 am

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2:44pm

Fri July 31, 2015
The Salt

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 11:40 am

The U.S. military's need for longer-lasting rations led to the invention of many modern processed foods.
Library of Congress

Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.

Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.

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1:59pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Television

Jon Stewart, Faking It and Making It

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DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies. Next week, Jon Stewart ends his 16-year run as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. A lot of "Daily Show" viewers share the sentiment expressed by President Obama when he made his seventh and final appearance on the show last week.

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1:59pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Television

For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

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