Arts

6:35am

Sun November 17, 2013
Movie Interviews

Father And Son Make A Slow Connection In 'Nebraska'

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:24 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The tone and pace of "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's latest film, is set from the very beginning. The opening scene - an elderly man, bundled up in a well-worn coat is lumbering down the shoulder of a freeway on the outskirts of Billings, Montana. He could be lost in a dementia-fueled haze or on a clearly defined mission. The truth about that man, Woody Grant, turns out to be a bit of both. Here's director Alexander Payne.

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6:35am

Sun November 17, 2013
Arts & Life

Most-Traveled Man Hangs Up His Walkin' Shoes

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:24 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

There are travelers and then there are travelers. Mike Spencer Bown is clearly the latter. For 23 years, he has wandered the Earth exploring every country on the planet. Now, he says he is hanging up his traveling shoes and returning home to Calgary, Canada. What more fitting guest could there be for our Wingin' It travel segment?

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MARTIN: Mike Spencer Bown joins us now for the studios of the BBC in London. Welcome to the program, Mr. Bown.

MIKE SPENCER BOWN: Thanks.

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6:35am

Sun November 17, 2013
The Salt

MSG, Seasoned For A Comeback

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 4:20 pm

According to legend, Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda discovered the food additive monosodium glutamate in 1908 after contemplating the meaty flavor of seaweed soup.
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Umami, that savory fifth taste — in addition to bitter, sour, sweet and salty — has become a sought-after flavor in the culinary scene.

Not quite so beloved is the umami additive monosodium glutamate — MSG, as it's more popularly known. For decades it's been vilified, maligned and, some say, misunderstood.

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6:35am

Sun November 17, 2013
Around the Nation

Bike Evangelist Wants To Put More Riders In The Low Seat

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 12:24 pm

Andrew Duncan Carson makes recumbent bikes out of recycled parts in his garage. He says he'll never ride an upright bike again.
Jon Kalish NPR

After several knee operations, 66-year-old Marilyn Cowser of Greenfield, Wis., found herself no longer able to Rollerblade or ride her bike.

She was advised to try a recumbent bike, but when Cowser went to her local bike shop, she found they were selling for upwards of $1,500. Cowser wasn't willing to spend that kind of money, so she went to see a guy about a half-hour away who builds recumbents in his garage.

"When I got there, he had them all out," she says. "And I got on this one and took off. I mean, I just went."

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6:35am

Sun November 17, 2013
The Salt

'Anything That Moves' Explores America's Extreme Food Culture

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 4:20 pm

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Author Dana Goodyear has spent a lot of time dining with foodies who champion bugs as a meal. And horses. And brains. Whales. Leaves. Weeds. Ash. Hay. Even plain dirt.

Goodyear, a staff writer for The New Yorker, set out to document the outer bounds of the extreme food culture that has taken hold among American foodies. Their quest for ever more exotic, challenging ingredients, she says, is raising fundamental questions about the nature of food itself and the assumptions that underlie what we view as acceptable to eat.

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5:22am

Sun November 17, 2013
My Guilty Pleasure

If Being A Teen Wasn't Awkward Enough: A Date With 'Your Mom'

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I read my guilty pleasure junior year of high school; a time when for many young men guilty pleasure means something else. I heard about a book of essays by Ian Frazier that was supposedly very funny. So I asked my Mom for a ride to the mall.

Back then there was no Amazon. Well, there was, but it was in South America. Fortunately, asking Mom if she'd like to go to the mall was sort of like asking Chuck Schumer if he'd mind going on television. Three minutes later, we were in the car. Mom asked the name of the book I was getting.

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2:55am

Sun November 17, 2013
Photography

In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 11:24 am

A photo that was featured in FSHN Magazine's 2013 couture issue.
Afra Pourdad

Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based magazine FSHN.

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5:41pm

Sat November 16, 2013
Television

Republican-Filled 'Alpha House' Aims For Bipartisan Laughs

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Fans of "Doonesbury" have been doing without the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip since the summer. The strip has been on vacation. But its creator, Garry Trudeau, has not exactly been chilling at the beach. Trudeau spent the last several months in a New York film studio making a sitcom called "Alpha House." The show is being launched online on Amazon. It chronicles the misadventures of four fictional Republican senators who share a Washington, D.C., townhouse. Jon Kalish visited the set and has this story.

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5:28pm

Sat November 16, 2013
Movie Interviews

At 13, 'Book Thief' Star Picks The Screen Over The Balance Beam

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Sophie Nelisse says years of training as a gymnast taught her to focus in ways that helped her acting on the set of The Book Thief.
Jules Heath Twentieth Century Fox

At 13, Sophie Nelisse is already making big career decisions. She started training to be a gymnast at the age of 3 and has long had dreams to represent Canada in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"If you want to train at a national, international level, you have about [one] week of break per year," Nelisse tells host Arun Rath. "So I was training about six hours per day."

She put that part of her life aside when she was given another opportunity of a lifetime: to play the lead in the film The Book Thief.

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5:30am

Sat November 16, 2013
Book Reviews

The Fun In 'Black-Haired Girl' Isn't The Plot — It's The People

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Robert Stone won the National Book Award in 1975, for his second novel, Dog Soldiers. Since then, he's twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and nominated for or the recipient of a florist's display of other honors. Recently, when I asked some writers and English professors at a party to name the best novel ever written about Hollywood, Stone's Children of Light was the top choice.

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