Fri October 25, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Does Electroshock Therapy Feel Like?

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:49 am

Sherwin Nuland speaking at TED.

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Turning Points. Watch Sherwin Nuland's other TEDTalk on hope.

About Sherwin Nuland's TEDTalk

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Fri October 25, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: '12 Years' And Rites Of Passage

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On this week's round-table podcast, Glen Weldon and I are joined by the marvelous Gene Demby and Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch project. We're always happy to see Gene and Kat, who bring their very own brand of thinly veiled, sibling-like hostility, which is something we can fully relate to.

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Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Arizona Lifts Ban On 7 Mexican-American Studies Books

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:18 am

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

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Fri October 25, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Capital' Thrills In A Global Game Of Thrones

A former economics professor (Gad Elmaleh) gains entree into the house-of-cards world of high finance when he suddenly becomes head of a venerable French bank.
Cohen Media Group

Costa-Gavras' propulsive 1969 thriller Z, a thinly veiled account of the assassination of a Greek democratic politician by a military junta, shaped the political passions of many in my upstart generation. It also instilled in one impressionable young critic-to-be the conviction that the revolution would come packaged with the likes of Yves Montand as boyfriend material.

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Thu October 24, 2013
The Salt

Almonds For Skinny Snackers? Yes, They Help Curb Your Appetite

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 2:54 pm

The protein, unsaturated fat composition and fiber in almonds all very likely play a role in helping to curb appetites.

Americans seem to have a love affair with snacking.

As a society, we eat twice as many snacks as we did a generation ago. Women, on average, nosh on upwards of 400 snack calories per day, according to federal survey data. And men consume almost 600 calories a day in between meals.

So, if nibbling is our new pastime, researchers have a suggestion for one satiating snack that seems to help control our appetites: almonds.

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Thu October 24, 2013
Movie Reviews

'The Square': Egypt In Crisis, And Its People In Focus

The documentary follows the political turmoil in Egypt since 2011 but focuses on the story of just a handful of young revolutionaries, among them Ahmed Hassan.
Noujaim Films

Several times during The Square, Jehane Noujaim's account of Egypt's unfinished revolution, the camera gazes down on Tahrir Square, teeming with multitudes. Yet ultimately, one of the principal appeals of the D.C.-born Egyptian-American filmmaker's documentary is its intimacy.

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Thu October 24, 2013
Movie Reviews

'The Counselor' Can't Make The Case For Itself

In The Counselor, a lawyer (Michael Fassbender, left) goes into business with drug dealer Reiner (Javier Bardem) — and gets in just a little bit over his head.
Kerry Brown 20th Century Fox

It was Saint-Exupery's Little Prince who declared: "It's a little lonely in the desert." That's a notion writer Cormac McCarthy knows well, his later novels often taking place in dusty Western locales among those isolated from society.

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Thu October 24, 2013

For 'Blue,' The Palme d'Or Was Only The Beginning

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 6:25 pm

Blue Is the Warmest Color focuses on the relationship that develops between Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos, left) and Emma (Lea Seydoux), and it includes two explicit sex scene that have raised hackles among some critics.
IFC Films/Sundance Selects/Wild Bunch

The French film Blue Is the Warmest Color has been making news for months.

It won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Then the director and his stars got into a public feud about the conditions on set and the explicit sex scenes between the film's leading actresses. After months of controversy, the picture finally opens in American cinemas this week — with an NC-17 rating.

But before it became the cinematic flashpoint of the year, Blue Is the Warmest Color was also declared the love story of the year.

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Thu October 24, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

A Life In Science: From Housewife To Amazon Trailblazer

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:44 pm

Aotus lemurinus, a type of owl monkey also referred to as the gray-bellied night monkey, seen here at the Santa Fe Zoo, in Medellin, Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

It all started in 1968 at a pet shop called Fish 'N' Cheeps in New York's Greenwich Village. On the way to a Jimi Hendrix concert, Patricia Wright and her husband dashed into the shop to escape heavy rain. There, a two-pound ball of fur from the Amazon captured their attention. A few weeks and $40 later, this owl monkey became their pet; later on they acquired a female as well.

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Thu October 24, 2013
Author Interviews

Questions For Oscar Martinez, Author Of 'The Beast'

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:42 pm

Migrants ride the trains known as "la bestia," or "the beast," during their journey through Mexico to reach the U.S. border.
John Moore Getty Images

Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez joins this week's Alt.Latino, kicking off an occasional series of interviews about culture, society and news.

Every year, tens of thousands of Central Americans — from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador — make a perilous overland journey to the United States. They travel north through Mexico to the U.S. border, riding on top of cargo trains known as "La Bestia" or "the Beast."

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