Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:18 am

A Republican from Maine, Olympia Snowe served as a U.S. Senator from 1995 to 2013. Above, she speaks at a news conference in South Portland, Maine, in March 2012.
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As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the health care debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the inability to get anything done.

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Sun May 12, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Mark McKinney Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

A scene from Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 film, My Neighbor Totoro.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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Sun May 12, 2013
Author Interviews

After Long Wait, Novelist James Salter Shares 'All That Is'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:51 pm

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On the list of great postwar American male novelists — along with Philip Roth, Norman Mailer and John Updike — is James Salter.

With the publication of his first book in 1957, he won the admiration of writers and critics alike. But after 1979, his production slowed. Salter still wrote — essays, short stories, poetry — but nothing on a grander scale.

Now, that long-awaited novel has been published. All That Is sets out to give a sweeping portrait of human experience.

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Sun May 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Banksy Mural May Be Coming To U.S. After All

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 6:00 am

A man inspects a plastic cover placed over Slave Labour, an artwork attributed to Banksy, in London. This piece of art was put up for sale in Miami last February, but the ensuing outrage led to the auction's cancellation. The mural is now part of an exhibition in London, and is is expected to move to the U.S. afterward.
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You might remember the story of the uproar earlier this year over a piece of art by the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London and ended up on the auction block in Miami.

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Sun May 12, 2013
Art & Design

Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA Into Portraits

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 5:22 pm

Self portrait by Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Portrait generated from her own DNA.
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg was sitting in a therapy session a while ago and noticed a painting on the wall. The glass on the frame was cracked, and lodged in the crack was a single hair. She couldn't take her eyes off it.

"I just became obsessed with thinking about whose hair that was, and what they might look like, and what they might be like," she says.

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Sun May 12, 2013
Author Interviews

Chasing A Dream, Speeding Down 'The Emerald Mile'

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:03 am

Host Rachel Martin talks to writer Kevin Fedarko about his new book, The Emerald Mile, which tells the harrowing story of three men who ride the flooded Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.


Sun May 12, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

This One Is For You, Ma

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:55 am

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On-air challenge: You are given two words starting with M-A. The answer is a third word that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

Last week's challenge: Name a famous performer whose last name has six letters. Move the first three letters to the end — without otherwise changing the order of the letters — and add one more letter at the end. The result, in seven letters, will name a place where this person famously performed. Who is it, and what's the place?

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Sun May 12, 2013
Digital Life

He Didn't Just Call His Mother, He Made Her A Star

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 1:25 pm

In My Mom on Movies filmmaker Joshua Seftel talks with his mom, Pat, about movies, pop culture and life by webcam.
Courtesy of Phillip Toledano


Sun May 12, 2013
Author Interviews

A 'Cooked Seed' Sprouts After All, In America

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 2:16 pm

Cover of The Cooked Seed

Anchee Min's best-selling memoir Red Azalea told the story of her youth in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her followup, The Cooked Seed, picks up nearly 20 years later as she arrives in America with $500 in her pocket, no English and a plan to study art in Chicago.

Min tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her life in China ended because of her relationship with Madame Mao, a former actress and the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong.

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Sat May 11, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Originally published on Sat May 11, 2013 6:26 pm

Robert Ripley traveled the world collecting souvenirs like this Balinese lion mask.
Courtesy Ripley Entertainment

Before there was YouTube or Mythbusters or The Amazing Race, there was Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley.

Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable grabbed Americans' attention and grew his newspaper cartoon into a media empire.

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