Arts

1:12pm

Wed June 26, 2013
Music Reviews

'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 4:50 pm

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.
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At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."

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12:31pm

Wed June 26, 2013
Beauty Shop

'Devious Maids' On TV: Thumbs Up Or Down?

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Today, Texas is scheduled to execute the 500th prisoner since the death penalty was reintroduced. We are going to introduce you to Kirk Bloodsworth, who was the first prisoner released from death row 20 years ago because of DNA evidence.

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8:15am

Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Turkish Protesters Form 'Taksim Square Book Club'

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

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7:03am

Wed June 26, 2013
Book Reviews

'The Hare' Leads A Merry Chase

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To love the novels of Cesar Aira you must have a taste for the absurd, a tolerance for the obscurely philosophical and a willingness to laugh out loud against your better judgment. His latest novel to be translated into English, The Hare, is set in the Argentine pampas at the end of the 19th century. But don't let any veneer of realism fool you.

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5:00am

Wed June 26, 2013
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Media, The People, And Strife

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:13 am

Inspired by "Standing Man" Erdem Gunduz, protesters stand silently during an action at Istanbul's Taksim Square on June 23. Among the latest recommended reads from Tina Brown is a Foreign Affairs article on how Turkey's manipulates media coverage of political unrest.
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Sometimes when there's a daily drumbeat of news — war, protest, unrest — it's good to find those moments to pause, dig deeper, and find layers of the story that are easy to miss.

Tina Brown, the editor of The Daily Beast, joins NPR's David Greene to help us do just that, as part of a recurring series Morning Edition calls Word of Mouth. This month, it's stories of global conflict and the media that — for good and for ill — cover those stories.

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12:03am

Wed June 26, 2013
Kitchen Window

Helping Pasta Salad Dress For Success

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:08 pm

Deena Prichep for NPR

So many people have the wrong idea about pasta salad — that staple of the summertime picnic season. It's a complete dish (often with starch, vegetable and protein all together), it's happy to hang out in your basket for several leisurely hours without complaint and it doesn't require much more than a fork to enjoy al fresco. Far too often, though, it's just done wrong.

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4:20pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Movies

A Revealing '60s 'Portrait,' Opening Eyes In Theaters Again

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:05 pm

Jason Holliday, born Aaron Payne, is demanding audiences' attention again in a new theatrical release of Shirley Clarke's Portrait of Jason, restored by Milestone Film and the Academy Film Archive.
Milestone Film

He's got a round, affable face and large, black, hipster glasses. He's smartly dressed in a blazer and button-up shirt. He looks straight into the camera, talking, singing, smoking and drinking — just him, for upward of 90 minutes.

"It only hurts when you think of it," he says, his normally jaunty voice wobbling on the edge of a break. "And if you're real, you think of it a long, long time, that's for sure. Those are the dues."

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4:19pm

Tue June 25, 2013
NPR's Backseat Book Club

The Best Books For Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 10:56 am

Emily Davis for NPR

Nominations are now closed, but check back in a few weeks to see the titles that made it onto NPR's Ultimate Kids' Bookself.

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4:16pm

Tue June 25, 2013
The Salt

Paula Deen's Sons Speak Up, But Her Empire Further Crumbles

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 6:10 pm

Carlo Allegri AP

It's been a downward spiral for Paula Deen since news of her deposition testimony as part of a racial discrimination suit went public last week.

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2:35pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Television

'Inside Amy Schumer': It's Not Just Sex Stuff

Amy Schumer isn't afraid to talk sexting, dirty talk or even the fine line between rape and deeply troubling sex in her comedy.
Peter Yang Comedy Central

One of Amy Schumer's comedy routines begins with the declaration, "I'm a little sluttier than the average bear. I really am."

Degrees of sluttiness may be hard to define, but Schumer does talk frankly about many subjects — including sex — that can be uncomfortable for people, both in her stand-up act and on her Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, which was recently renewed for a second season.

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