Arts

7:36am

Sat October 12, 2013
Author Interviews

From Divided States, A 'United' Nation — Thanks To These Men

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:27 am

The Men Who United the States, by Simon Winchester

The United States is not just a phrase. The country stretches across six time zones, from the Atlantic well into the Pacific. The British settled some regions; the Dutch, Spanish and French settled some others. And we once fought a bloody Civil War, North against South, over the issue of slavery.

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7:03am

Sat October 12, 2013
Book Reviews

'Identical' Stumbles Outside The Courtroom

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 7:13 pm

The best way I can fairly review this book is to tell you seven things that it is not.

It is not a legal thriller. That would require the novel to be thrilling, at the very least, to compel you to turn the page. In my case, I read the book on a Kindle, and it often compelled me to turn my e-reader off.

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6:07am

Sat October 12, 2013
The Salt

Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 10:09 am

Meg Gill is the president and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles. Her brewery is favored to win awards at the Great American Beer Festival.
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Thousands of beer aficionados are in Denver this weekend for the Great American Beer Festival. Some 600 breweries from around the country are represented at the marquee event for the craft-brewing industry.

And while this annual competition has long been male-dominated, that's starting to change.

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3:54am

Sat October 12, 2013
The Salt

Feminist Hulk Smash Shutdown, Rescue Women On Food Aid!

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 9:09 pm

Courtesy Jessica Lawson

The government shutdown is frustrating enough for furloughed workers, but for families dependent on federal food assistance, it's infuriating.

Enter the Feminist Hulk.

The Twitter monster is smashing the shutdown's threats to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition program, which provides food aid to pregnant women and mothers of young children deemed to be at risk of malnutrition. And she's urging her nearly 74,000 followers to help.

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7:18pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: A Quiz About Lawyers For Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 11:42 am

If you're a comedy person, you know Bob Odenkirk from the cult classic sketch series Mr. Show. If you're a drama person, or a meth person, you know him as the shyster lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. Now he has a new show on the IFC called The Birthday Boys.

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5:56pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Movie Interviews

'The Square' Tightens Lens On Egypt's Revolution

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 10:56 pm

Ahmed Hassan is the leader of the group of young Egyptian revolutionaries at the center of The Square.
Noujaim Films

The new documentary The Square — set in Cairo's Tahrir Square — is a gripping, visceral portrait of the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its tumultuous aftermath.

The film puts the audience directly in the middle of the protests, and follows the lives of several young revolutionaries over the two and half years since. It charts their journey from the early euphoria of victory to the depths of despair as those victories unravel amid violent clashes and profound political confrontations among the secular revolutionaries, the Muslim Brotherhood and the military.

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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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