Arts

11:48am

Mon July 8, 2013
NPR Story

Summer Songs: Banjo Adds Bang To Old Standard

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:52 pm

Creole Jazz Serenaders with Don Vappie
Vappielle Entertainment Enterprises

As our population is growing and getting more diverse, so is our taste in music. And music lovers want to hear fresh ideas that reflect new realities and experiences. Yet some songs remain quintessentially American — even as they inspire constant re-interpretation.

Tell Me More is teaming up with New Orleans member station WWNO's Music Inside Out With Gwen Thompkins to showcase some fresh takes on popular American songs. Today we hear from Don Vappie of the Creole Jazz Serenaders, playing the banjo and singing, "Careless Love."

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11:48am

Mon July 8, 2013
NPR Story

Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 7:57 pm

Swimmer John Tatum proudly wears his gold medals from the National Senior Olympics.
Amy Ta NPR

John Tatum is 94 years old. He is a swimmer. And a gold medalist.

Tatum is one of thousands of the top athletes in the U.S. who run, vault and swim for the gold in the National Senior Games. All of these seniors are over age 50, and some are over 100. And they show no signs of slowing down.

"I see no end for me," Tatum says. "I would like to just compete year after year after year. You know, I'm 94, probably could be 100, I don't know. But as long as I am healthy, I can do it."

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9:51am

Mon July 8, 2013
New In Paperback

July 8-14: Tales Of Richard Burton, Resilience And Ray Mancini

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:11 am

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7:01am

Mon July 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Reading And Writing Slow Dementia, Study Says

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 7:46 am

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

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4:58pm

Sun July 7, 2013
Theater

Broadway's 'First Date': A Greek Chorus Of Emotional Baggage

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 12:37 pm

Krysta Rodriguez played Ana Vargas in the recently canceled backstage-on-Broadway TV series Smash, and Zachary Levi earned a fervent following in the title role of NBC's Chuck. Both performers have backgrounds in the theater, and they'll be together on Broadway this summer in the premiere of the musical comedy First Date.
Matthew Murphy

Many fans of the TV show Chuck fell in love with the nerd-turned-unwitting spy at the heart of the show, but most probably didn't know that he could sing.

Zachary Levi is now rehearsing for his first role on Broadway — a new musical comedy called First Date — which also features Krysta Rodriguez, the star of another NBC program, Smash.

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4:51pm

Sun July 7, 2013
Author Interviews

How 'Dancing In The Street' Became A Protest Anthem

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 12:37 pm

In November 1964, Betty Kelly, Martha Reeves and Rosalind Ashford (aka Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) were at the top of the charts with their hit "Dancing in the Street."
AP

7:03am

Sun July 7, 2013
You Must Read This

'Rock Crystal' Tells Of Catastrophe's Quiet Avoidance

Susan Choi's latest book is My Education.

Long, long ago — maybe some time in the 17th century — and far, far away — but almost certainly somewhere in the Alps — two valleys lay next to each other, ringed by high mountains and linked by a sole, lonely path. One unusually warm Christmas Eve two children set out on the path from the northward valley, through pine forest and over the pass, to visit their grandmother in the valley to the south.

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6:41am

Sun July 7, 2013
NPR Story

Random Acts Of Tipping

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 2:21 pm

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6:41am

Sun July 7, 2013
NPR Story

Civil War Surgeon Set The Standard For Battlefield Medicine

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:11 pm

Jonathan Letterman followed in his father's footsteps when he became a surgeon.
Courtesy Arcade Publishing

July 1 marked 150 years since the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg, a crucial victory for the Union and a turning point in the Civil War. But it came at an enormous cost to both sides — thousands of soldiers were killed and tens of thousands more were wounded.

However, it might have been even worse had it not been for a surgeon named Jonathan Letterman, who served as the chief medical officer of the Union's Army of the Potomac. He presided over some of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history and, over the course of a single year, revolutionized military medicine.

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6:41am

Sun July 7, 2013
Food

Raising The Heat With Cool Soup And Trout Salad

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 3:34 pm

Ryan Loyd NPR

San Antonio is no stranger to triple-digit heat this time of year. That's why Jason Dady likes to keep it cool in the kitchen of his northern Italian-themed restaurant called Tre Trattoria.

This time of year, the tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh, the veggies are bountiful, and Dady says it's one of the season's highlights to have fun with light and refreshing food.

For the gazpacho, Dady chops cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers, then adds some water. Then he blends it, a couple times.

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