Arts

1:22pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Author Interviews

'Wheelmen' Exposes Doping Culture And The Armstrong 'Conspiracy'

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:33 pm

By the time champion cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed a career of doping to Oprah Winfrey in January, he'd already been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from further competition. Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell covered and regularly broke stories about the investigation that ended Armstrong's career.

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1:22pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Book Reviews

If You're Looking To Read 'Lady Things,' Choose Jezebel Over Jones

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:19 pm

Dizzy dames don't age well. An attractive young thing doing prat falls is disarming; an older woman stumbling around for laughs spells hip replacement. Sad to say, Bridget Jones has hung on to her once-endearing daffiness, self-deprecation, and wine dependency far past their collective expiration date. That's one of the big reasons why her latest outing, called Mad About the Boy, is painful to read.

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12:00pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Arts & Life

Black Girl 'Geeks' Want To See More Of Themselves In Comics

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:00 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, it's the 20th anniversary of the horrific genocide in Burundi that took thousands of lives. We'll hear from a survivor about how he found healing and forgiveness for his tormentors through running. That's just ahead. But first, off the top of your head, how many black female comic book characters can you name? There's Storm of course from the X-Men. She was my favorite growing up. But other than that, who else?

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8:56am

Mon October 21, 2013
Monkey See

'Homeland' And The Delicate Art Of Withholding

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
Kent Smith Showtime

[Be aware that this post contains information about Sunday night's episode of Homeland. Consider yourself forewarned.]

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7:36am

Mon October 21, 2013
Author Interviews

'Murdoch's World': Inside One Of The Last Old Media Empires

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's vast empire encompasses everything from newspapers to television networks to tabloids.
Jamie McDonald AFP/Getty Images

People used to say the sun never sets on the British empire. These days, says NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, it would be more accurate to say the sun never sets on Rupert Murdoch's empire.

In a new book, Murdoch's World, Folkenflik writes about the Australian newspaper owner whose company now stretches to India, Great Britain and the United States. He describes a powerful media insider who wants to be seen as an outsider.

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3:07am

Mon October 21, 2013
Author Interviews

Scott Adams Explains 'How To Fail At Almost Everything' (Except Dilbert)

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Scott Adams has failed at a lot of things, from investments to inventions to computer programming. But he managed to turn his failure at office work into a giant success: a comic strip which follows a hapless, cubicle-bound engineer working for an unreasonable boss at a nameless company. Dilbert, which is based on Adams' own experience working in corporate America, appears online and in 2,000 newspapers.

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3:06am

Mon October 21, 2013
Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries

Turning A Page Inside A Rural One-Room Library

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Luster checks out books for frequent library visitor Phyllis Smith. Luster says she thinks of herself as a book curator.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

There's one state highway running through Myrtle, Mo. It's a sleepy town in the Ozarks, population about 300. There's no bank or restaurant here, but enormous oak and persimmon trees loom over a small stone building right next to the road. Half of it is a post office; the other half, a one-room public library.

Rachel Reynolds Luster took over this branch four months ago with the goal of creating a learning hub. She calls herself a curator, not just a librarian.

Her first task? Filtering out some of the favorites of the previous librarian.

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3:04am

Mon October 21, 2013
StoryCorps

Air The StoryCorps Theme, Cue The Tears

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Radio documentarian Dave Isay stands next to one of two StoryCorps Airstream trailers outfitted with recording studios a few years after the project was launched. StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

NPR's Steve Inskeep has a confession to make. In order to remain composed as the host of Morning Edition, he sometimes has to turn the volume down in the studio when the StoryCorps segment airs on Fridays.

"I just wait for the clock to run down so I know when to talk at the end because otherwise I know I'm going to lose it if I listen to that story," Inskeep tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. "It's deeply moving."

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8:03am

Sun October 20, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

No Time To Be Bashful

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 12:16 pm

NPR

This week we have a celebrity edition of the Puzzle. Comedian Paula Poundstone is taking on our challenge. Poundstone is also a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

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7:03am

Sun October 20, 2013
Three Books...

Prohibition-Era Passion: Three '20s Books On Trailblazing Loves

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 11:36 am

On both sides of the Atlantic, the 1920s saw strict gender roles bend — and break — as new kinds of relationships were tested in life and literature. Here, British actor Leslie Henson and his wife Madge Saunders show off the spirit of subversion in November 1920.
Brooke Getty Images

The 1920s were a time of literary liberation.

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