Arts

4:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Code Switch

'Fetch Clay, Make Man': Ali, Fetchit And The 'Anchor Punch'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:38 pm

In 1965, Muhammad Ali and Lincoln Perry (Stepin Fetchit) teamed up in pursuit of a legendary boxing technique: the anchor punch.
Courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop

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Muhammad Ali's first title defense, a first-round TKO of Sonny Liston in 1965, propelled Ali to the status of icon. In Ali's training camp before the fight was an icon from an earlier era: Lincoln Perry. He was the first African-American movie star, who went by the stage name Stepin Fetchi. The relationship between the two men is the subject of an off-Broadway play called Fetch Clay, Make Man.

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4:06pm

Fri October 11, 2013
The Salt

McDonald's President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 12:11 pm

McDonald's USA President Jeff Stratton responds to an employee who burst into an event.
YouTube screengrab

A video of a McDonald's worker confronting the president of the fast-food behemoth has gone viral this week, with the help of a fast-food workers' campaign aimed at raising hourly wages to $15.

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2:46pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Monkey See

'Glee' Says Goodbye

Glee remembered Cory Monteith in Thursday night's episode, "The Quarterback."
Adam Rose Fox

When Cory Monteith died in July, the fact that it put Glee in a terrible position was certainly the least of the rotten outcomes.

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2:05pm

Fri October 11, 2013
The Salt

What's In That Chicken Nugget? Maybe You Don't Want To Know

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 12:19 pm

Chicken Nuggets, from artist Banksy's 2008 installation "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Chicken nuggets: Call 'em tasty, call 'em crunchy, call 'em quick and convenient. But maybe you shouldn't call them "chicken."

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1:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Movie Reviews

A Pirate Saga More Sobering Than Swashbuckling

Barkhad Abdi (middle) plays Muse, the leader of a band of Somali pirates who take over a freighter in Captain Phillips.
Hopper Stone Columbia Pictures

Most kidnapping melodramas have final scenes — after their climaxes — that are, effectively, throwaways. There are sighs of relief, tearful reunions with families, cameras that dolly back on domestic tableaux to suggest the world has at last been righted.

I think it's telling that in Captain Phillips the most overwhelming scene is after the resolution, in the infirmary of a ship. So much terror and moral confusion has gone down — so much pain — that the cumulative tension can't be resolved by violence. The movie's grip remains strong even when it cuts to black.

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1:52pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Faith Matters

Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:56 pm

Elizabeth Smart says she never lost faith during her nine-month captivity.
Amy Ta NPR

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was held captive for nine months and forced to act as Brian David Mitchell's second wife. He raped her nearly every day and told her that the ordeal was ordained by God.

Smart says there were moments when she felt there was no one to turn to — except God. She writes about how her Mormon faith played a key part in her survival in her new memoir, My Story.

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12:29pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Barbershop

Is 'Hip-Hop' Mayor's Sentence About Politics Or Justice?

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.

11:41am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Salt

Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:34 pm

When the Hahn Family switched their Pinot Noir to this label, the wine started flying off the shelves.
Tucker & Hossler Courtesy of CF Napa Brand Design

We're all guilty of it. Even if we don't want to admit it, we've all been suckered into grabbing a bottle of wine off the grocery store shelf just because of what's on the label. Seriously, who can resist the "see no evil" monkeys on a bottle of Pinot Evil?

But the tricks that get us to buy a $9 bottle of chardonnay — or splurge on a $40 pinot noir — are way more sophisticated than putting a clever monkey on the front.

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9:51am

Fri October 11, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gravity' And The Thrill Of The Fiasco

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I cannot lie: I love this week's podcast very much, and only partly because I got to include a song I probably haven't heard in over 20 years and got our special guest Gene Demby to reveal one of those little things that makes him apoplectic.

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9:37am

Fri October 11, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Identities

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:47 am

"Stories move like whirling dervishes ... they connect all humanity, regardless of identity politics." — Elif Shafak, novelist
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My home is where I find my identity, where I create my identity which is an ongoing phenomenon. — Pico Iyer

Each of us has a sense of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? In this hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?

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