Sat June 22, 2013
Movie Interviews

Coppola And Watson On Teens, Fame And 'Bling'

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Emma Watson, who shot to global fame as the level-headed, resourceful Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, admits there's a certain irony in her playing a teenager who burgles the homes of celebrities.
Merrick Morton A24

Sofia Coppola is no stranger to filmic explorations of fame, privilege and self-loathing in the modern age. In her newest movie, The Bling Ring, she considers the case of a gang of well-off L.A. teenagers whose obsession with celebrity took them to some unexpected places — including the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, where they stole millions of dollars' worth of jewelry and clothes and shoes.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Booker T. Jones Takes A Quiz On Funyuns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:34 pm

Booker T. Jones — leader of the soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s — made it big in 1962 with the song "Green Onions." But since "Green Onions" sounds suspiciously natural for the United States, we've decided to quiz him on Funyuns instead: three questions about the crunchy, onion-flavored snack food.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai


Fri June 21, 2013
The Salt

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:09 pm

For octopus flesh to be tender enough to grill, it must be dried in the sun at least one full day.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often share this special summer meze during a hot day at the beach.

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Fri June 21, 2013
The Salt

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:18 pm

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Faith Matters

Funeral Director Reflects On Life Full Of 'Sad, Good' Times

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:03 pm



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we head to the barbershop for the guys' take on the week's news. But first it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues of spirituality and religion. And traditions of faith play a big role in rituals surrounding death.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Ask Me Another

Owen King: It Runs In The Family

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 12:01 pm

Owen King
Danielle Lurie


Fri June 21, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:11 pm

Sugata Mitra at the TED conference in 2013.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Unstoppable Learning.

About Sugata Mitra's TED Talk

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Fri June 21, 2013
Code Switch

Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:45 pm

Alyson Hurt NPR

What up, bro? What's good, brah?

This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)

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Fri June 21, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Nancy Pearl Scours The Shelves For Books You Might Have Missed

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:06 pm

Andrew Bannecker

If you'd like your summer reading to take you beyond the beaten path, librarian Nancy Pearl is here to help. NPR's go-to books guru joins us regularly to reveal "under the radar" reads — books she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Pearl talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about some of the titles she picked out for the summer reading season.

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