Arts

12:23pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Code Switch

Actors With Disabilities In Big Roles? 'We Don't Have A Chance'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:43 pm

The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.
The Kobal Collection

11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Barbershop

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Movies

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:35 am

London barber Faisal Abdu'Allah cuts director Andy Mundy-Castle's hair.
Big Bright Films

The Fade — a documentary by London filmmaker Andy Mundy-Castle — follows the lives of four barbers on three continents, all at the top of their game. New Jersey barber Johnny Castellanos also known as 'Hollywood' is a barber to the stars. His client list includes rapper and businessman Jay Z and artists and athletes like Pharrell Williams and Amar'e Stoudemire.

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10:38am

Fri October 4, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Breaking Bad,' Bad Boys, Bad Choices

This guy and his dog are doing all they can to contribute to the world of Grand Theft Auto V.
AP
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First things first: FEAR NOT. This is a non-spoilery Breaking Bad discussion. If you don't believe me, consider that even two of the people in the room haven't seen the whole run of the series, so if there were spoilers, we'd know (and get punched). Instead, we try to put the themes of the series in the context of a bigger discussion about what kinds of protagonists we can and cannot root for, what kinds of television are growing and shrinking, and what kinds of conversations we want to have about the shows we love.

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7:36am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Study Says Reading (Literary) Fiction Can Boost Social Skills

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:33 am

Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction for her book Salvage the Bones.
Tina Fineberg AP

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

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Arts & Life

Parents Of Child Prodigies Face Difficult Choices

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week on the program, we've been talking to and about prodigies: children with extraordinary abilities far beyond their age. Yesterday, we talked about how hard it is to find the right balance, encouraging these kids without setting expectations too high, something that can hurt them later as adults. This is largely up to their parents, who face some incredibly difficult choices. And today we'll hear from two parents: the mother of a teenage computer wonder and the father of a pint-sized tennis phenom.

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12:22pm

Thu October 3, 2013
The Salt

How's The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:45 pm

Brent Gentry of Underground Meats rotates a coppa. Underground Meats is behind a new project that aims to lower the barrier to entry for would-be artisanal meat producers by making it easier for them to craft food safety plans.
Emily Julka Courtesy of Underground Meats

With the current bloom of artisanal small-batch producers across the country, you'd think that all you need to start up a new food business is a good idea and a lot of gumption. And for the most part, that's true. But when it comes to artisanal producers working with meat, you also need something else: a Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points plan. Or, if you will, a HACCP.

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12:03pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Remembrances

Remembering Tom Clancy, 'Faulkner In A Flak Jacket'

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:23 pm

Tom Clancy poses next to a tank in his Maryland backyard. Though he never served in the military, his books were renowned for their detail.
AP

The Army rejected him because of his bad eyes — he was nearsighted — but Tom Clancy, who went into the family insurance business instead of the military, turned out to have the greatest vision of modern warfare of any writer of our time. His research into military history and technology led him to create a new form of thriller, and a hero for our time, a man named Jack Ryan whose talents as a spy and technowarrior put a name and a face to the people who battled Russians, Pakistanis, Irish nationalists and Islamists along a constantly shifting front line.

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11:43am

Thu October 3, 2013
NPR Story

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:32 am

Omar 'Yogi' Torres Courtesy of Shabazz Communications, Inc.

Rick Najera doesn't remember his wife Susie dialing 9-1-1. She came home six hours after Najera had taken a fall that left him bleeding on the floor of his home. The Hollywood actor/writer/producer had pneumonia and ended up in an intensive care unit in a coma.

Rick Najera told NPR's Michel Martin that his near-death experience caused him to reflect.

"I really looked at my life and I said I wanted to chronicle it. I wanted to bring it down and talk about it in a very human, honest way," he says.

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11:41am

Thu October 3, 2013
The Protojournalist

Things Are Getting Ugly

Ugly is everywhere. There are Ugly Dog pageants, Ugly Sweater sites and Ugly Sofa contests. Taking Ugly-Faced selfies is an online phenomenon. Could ugly be the new beautiful?

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