Fri November 22, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What's The Difference Between Belief And Faith?

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:08 pm

Rev. Billy Graham speaking at a TED conference in 1998.
Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Billy Graham's TEDTalk

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world. But he says technology and science can't do everything: "There's something inside of us that is beyond our understanding." Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, reflects on her father's idea of the nature of faith.

Read more


Fri November 22, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Can Atheism Learn From Religion?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:23 pm


Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Believers and Doubters.

About Alain de Botton's TEDTalk

What aspects of religion should atheists adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

About Alain De Botton

Read more


Fri November 22, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Believers And Doubters

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:29 pm

What does it mean to believe?
flcarcavallo Thinkstock

Why do some of us believe and some of us don't? In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit


Fri November 22, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: $#*! Profanity In Pop Culture And Outdated Tech

  • Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour

This week's show features something you will very rarely hear from us: bleeping! By which I mean: actual, literal bleeps. Because we're kicking things off with a discussion of profanity, in movies including Anchorman and Die Hard, and in TV shows on cable and broadcast.

Read more


Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Psychic And Author Sylvia Browne Dies

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:48 am

Psychic and author Sylvia Browne, seen in this undated photo, said she believed in reincarnation and could help people communicate with their dead loved ones.

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

Read more


Fri November 22, 2013
Book Reviews

Hard-Core (Food) Porn In 'Anything That Moves'

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:06 pm


There are, among connoisseurs of pornography, many stratified tastes. To cater to those tastes, there are many levels to which the pornography itself might rise (or sink, depending on your moral stance on the topic). There are categories, boundaries, territories of smut that run the gamut from the (relatively) tame to the out-and-out horrifying.

Read more


Fri November 22, 2013
The Salt

Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 2:35 pm

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish is delicious over latkes.
Selena N.B.H. Flikr

It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.

This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.

Read more


Thu November 21, 2013
Arts & Life

Remembering 5Pointz: A Five-Story Building That Told Plenty More

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:54 pm

The walls of 5Pointz were once covered in graffiti. Artists worldwide came to New York to paint the warehouse surface.
Bruce Wallace for NPR

This week, New York City lost a cultural landmark. The site known as 5Pointz was a graffiti museum, of sorts — the walls of a 200,000-square-foot warehouse complex covered with ever-evolving spray-painted art. It spread across a block in Long Island City right across the water from Manhattan in the borough of Queens.

Read more


Thu November 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Side Of Bettie Page You've (Somehow) Never Seen

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 6:03 pm

Bettie Page Reveals All digs deep into the storied life of the 1950s model, seen here in one of the many photos featured in the documentary.
Music Box Films

A tantalizing nugget lies half-buried in Mark Mori's engaging documentary about Bettie Page, the 1950s pinup who's inspired an endlessly self-renewing retro-cult of fans both male and female.

In the middle of a screening of Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page, it seems, a voice was heard yelling "Lies! All lies!"

Read more


Thu November 21, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Catching Fire': The Hunger Games, Now With Real Heat

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:10 pm

Effie Trinket taps Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) for the Hunger Games arena again — but this time the rules are different and the stakes are higher as rebellion brews in Panem.
Murray Close Lionsgate

There's a moment of chilling violence in Catching Fire, the second of four planned movies adapting Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels, a moment in which the difference a director makes becomes immediately clear — and one that should give hope to readers who might have felt some disappointment with the first movie.

Read more