Arts

6:50am

Sun June 9, 2013
Author Interviews

Scheherazade: From Storytelling 'Slave' To 'First Feminist'

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 12:58 pm

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The stories of One Thousand and One Nights are among the world's most famous works of literature. They start with a king who discovers that his wife is having an affair. In a fit of rage, he has her executed. Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh explains what happens next:

"From that night, he decreed a law that he will marry a virgin every single day and deflower her at night, and then kill her at dawn," al-Shaykh tells NPR's Rachel Martin.

The killing continues until Scheherazade, the daughter of the king's vizier, offers herself as the king's bride.

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5:05am

Sun June 9, 2013
Theater

Clothes Make The Man (And The Woman, And The Show) On Broadway

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 6:37 pm

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and the ensemble of Cinderella — one of the Broadway season's more lavish musicals, whose costume designer, William Ivey Long, is nominated for his sixth Tony Award.
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Part of what makes a Broadway show a Broadway show — read "splashy," especially if we're talking musicals — is the costumes. Some shows feature hundreds.

And a battalion of workers is involved in a highly choreographed backstage ballet, not just to keep the actors looking good but to help them change costumes almost instantaneously.

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4:56am

Sun June 9, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Follow Homer To Find Your Way

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:32 pm

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On-air challenge: Categories are given based on the name "Homer," the name of a town in Alaska. Name something in the category beginning with each of the letters H-O-M-E-R. For example, if the category were "Chemical Elements," you might say Helium, Oxygen, Magnesium, Einsteinium, and Radon. You can give the answers in any order.

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5:41pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Beyond The Fence

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The love of his life had been married for five years before he met her, and dead for five days before he'd found out. Clandestine lovers weren't notified in the event of a tragedy. The police and medical examiners had waited days before releasing the names of those killed in the concert fire to the public.

The paper had published profiles of the victims, and that's where, halfway through his usual breakfast of a slice of toast and a banana, the news had found him.

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5:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Music Interviews

A Rock Star, A Novelist And A Super-Producer Write A Musical

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 8:04 am

T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.
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Comedian George Carlin liked to say that art doesn't have a finish line. The trio behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County are the embodiment of that idea. Each is a superstar in his chosen field: rock music legend, best-selling novelist, record producer — trades they could have been content to pursue to the grave. Instead, they went and wrote a musical together, 13 years in the making.

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5:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Nick Offerman Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 2:38 pm

Actors John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in John Ford's The Quiet Man.
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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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5:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
From Our Listeners

Three-Minute Fiction Reading: 'Beyond The Fence'

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 6:03 pm

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NPR's Bob Mondello reads an excerpt of one of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. He reads Beyond the Fence by Matthew Campbell of Salem, Mass. You can read the full story below and find other stories on our Three-Minute Fiction page or on Facebook.

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5:40pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Author Interviews

Time-Traveling Serial Killer Hunts For 'The Shining Girls'

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 6:03 pm

Over the last 15 years, the South African writer Lauren Beukes has been a journalist, a screenwriter, a documentarian — and most recently, a novelist. Her newest book is called The Shining Girls, a summer thriller about a time-traveling serial killer and the victim who escapes to hunt him down.

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1:24pm

Sat June 8, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

The Pomelo

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The man was so beautiful. He appeared to be stepping out of the ad on the side of the bus, his hair illuminated in sun. Amelia saw the little slip of paper burst from his pocket when he pulled out his keys. It flipped in the air once, twice before it caught against the cement stairs right in front of her. She quickly shut her mailbox with the very tiny key that made her feel oversized and fumbling.

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6:48am

Sat June 8, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda Plays A Game Called 'Whoops'

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 12:58 pm

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In June 2012, Nik Wallenda — of the great Wallenda Family circus dynasty — walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. On June 23, he plans to cross the Grand Canyon the same way. Wallenda has also recently written a memoir called Balance: Christian Faith and Miraculous Results.

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