Arts

3:34am

Mon September 23, 2013
Monkey See

The Man Who Gets The Science Right On 'The Big Bang Theory'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:02 pm

David Saltzberg (right) hosts his "Geek of the Week," UCLA student Andrew Peck, on the set of The Big Bang Theory.
Michael Yarish Warner Bros.

Sure, Bob Newhart may have won his first Emmy for guest-starring as Professor Proton on the hugely popular show The Big Bang Theory, about four young scientists at Caltech. But behind the scenes is a real-life professor, David Saltzberg of UCLA.

Saltzberg studies high-energy particle physics and high-energy neutrino astronomy, using radio-detection techniques when he's not working as The Big Bang Theory's science consultant.

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4:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
The Salt

Move Over Vodka; Korean Soju's Taking A Shot At America

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:35 pm

Boxes of empty Jinro soju bottles sit in a downtown Seoul, South Korea, shop on April 1, 2005.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Every year, the trade magazine Drinks International puts out a list of the top-selling alcohols in the world, and in the category of spirits, there is one brand that more than doubles the sales of its closest competitor every year. Smirnoff, Jack Daniel's and Bacardi don't even come close.

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4:59pm

Sun September 22, 2013
Author Interviews

'Hollywood Said No,' But 'Mr. Show' Fans Said Yes!

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 6:19 pm

From left, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross co-created the sketch comedy series Mr. Show. They have since played long-running roles on Breaking Bad and Arrested Development, respectively.
Sharon Alagna Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

When the comedy program Mr. Show with Bob and David came on the air in 1995, there was nothing like it. Created by comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, it was full of dark, subversive and riotously funny sketches tied together with bizarre and brilliant segues reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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7:37am

Sun September 22, 2013
Author Interviews

Abused By Both Polanski And Media, 'The Girl' Moves On

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

In March of 1977, a 13-year-old aspiring actress scored what she thought would be her big break: a magazine photo shoot with a famous movie director. What happened that day made headlines around the world: Director Roman Polanski, then 43, gave Samantha Gailey a hefty helping of champagne and Quaaludes, then raped her.

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7:37am

Sun September 22, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

NFL Veteran Recounts The Bruises And Breaks Of Life In The League.

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Being a professional football player can be a brutal life. Nate Jackson spent six years in the NFL, mostly as a receiver with the Denver Broncos, and while he wasn't a star — or even a starter — he did carve out life in the rarefied air of professional sports, and he got just as banged up as any big-name player. But he learned to play through the pain.

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7:37am

Sun September 22, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Play The Blame Game

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

NPR

On-air challenge: You will be given two words. Think of a third word that can follow each to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The third word will rhyme with one of the given words. For example, given "blame" and "board," you would say "game," as in "blame game" and "board game."

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7:37am

Sun September 22, 2013
Photography

In Ed Ruscha's Work, A City Sits For Its Portrait

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

Another image from Twentysix Gasoline Stations: œStandard, Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, taken in 1962. The humble gas station also made an appearance in Ruscha's painted works.
Ed Ruscha Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

For a seminal work of art, Twentysix Gasoline Stations doesn't look like much. It's a small, thin paperback book resembling an old industrial manual — just 26 black-and-white photos of gas stations that Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha self-published 50 years ago, when he was 26.

"If I showed the book to somebody who worked in a gas station, they might be genuinely interested in it, saying, 'Oh yeah, I remember that place out on the highway.' "

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7:03am

Sun September 22, 2013
Books News & Features

Banned Romance: What's So Bad About Happily Ever After?

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 12:07 pm

As Banned Books Week begins, it's a good time to examine one genre that frequently falls afoul of censors: romance.

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5:37am

Sun September 22, 2013
Movie Interviews

'Wadjda' Director: 'It Is Time To Open Up'

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 11:20 am

Women aren't permitted to travel unattended in the streets of Saudi Arabia, so Wadjda director Haifaa Al Mansour worked from inside a van, communicating with her crew via walkie-talkie.
Tobias Kownatzki Razor Film/Sony Pictures Classics

Wadjda, being touted as the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia — a country with no movie theaters and a relationship with cinema that's complicated at best — tells the story of a defiant 10-year-old pushing back against the social expectations that define her life as a young Saudi woman.

Wadjda's source of independence comes in the form of a green bicycle she wants to buy for herself. But girls in Saudi Arabia don't ride bicycles, so she has to be creative.

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12:10am

Sun September 22, 2013
Monkey See

On TV's Big Night, Can Netflix Crash The Emmy Party?

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday on CBS.
Nino Munoz CBS

It might seem like the only TV serious viewers are paying attention to right now is Breaking Bad, but on Sunday night, just as Walter White's penultimate episode is unfolding on AMC, we'll be finding out over on CBS whether his show, his portrayer Bryan Cranston, or other personnel will be taking home Primetime Emmy Awards.

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