Arts

2:46pm

Fri May 24, 2013
The Salt

The Great Charcoal Debate: Briquettes Or Lumps?

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 4:30 pm

A lot of things about grilling can ignite a fight, including the meaning of "barbecue." And with the proliferation of fancy equipment — from gas grills to pellet smokers to ceramic charcoal cookers — amateur cooks are growing more knowledgeable, and opinionated, about how to best cook food outdoors.

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2:37pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Monkey See

Are Women Really Missing From Film Criticism?

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A new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film has led to headlines claiming that women are missing from film criticism. "Female Movie Critics' Influence Shrinking, Says Study," reads the headline in the Chicago Tribune.

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2:04pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Movie Reviews

This Time, It's A Dull Ache Of A 'Hangover'

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 2:34 pm

Dazed And Confused (And Just Plain Lazy): Zach Galifianakis (center), with Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, is back for a third Hangover film.
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Well, they did say this one was going to be different.

After The Hangover II essentially duplicated the structure of the first movie --three guys piecing together a night of debauchery and mayhem none of them can entirely remember — director Todd Phillips promised that the third would go in a new direction. And, in a bold if unbelievable move in the era of never-ending sequels, he pledged that this Hangover would be the last.

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9:58am

Fri May 24, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Memory Games

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:33 pm

"We all look through family albums. We all hear stories at the dinner table. ... They become incorporated into what we believe we actually remember." — Scott Fraser
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Memory is malleable, dynamic and elusive. In this hour, TED speakers discuss how a nimble memory can improve your life, and how a frail one might ruin someone else's.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

9:58am

Fri May 24, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Anyone Learn To Be A Master Memorizer?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Joshua Foer says that one past memory champion developed a technique to remember more than 4,000 binary digits in half an hour.
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Memory Games.

About Joshua Foer's TEDTalk

Some people can memorize thousands of numbers, the names of dozens of strangers or the precise order of cards in a shuffled deck. Science writer and U.S. Memory Champion Joshua Foer shows how anyone can become a memory virtuoso, including him.

About Joshua Foer

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9:58am

Fri May 24, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Eyewitnesses Create Memories?

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 9:01 am

Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser says, "all of our memories, put simply, are reconstructed memories."
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Memory Games.

About Scott Fraser's TEDTalk

Forensic psychologist Scott Fraser studies how we remember crimes. He describes a deadly shooting and explains how eyewitnesses can create memories that they haven't seen. Why? Because the brain is always trying to fill in the blanks.

About Scott Fraser

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9:58am

Fri May 24, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Do Experiences Become Memories?

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:37 pm

Daniel Kahneman says, "we tend to confuse memories with the real experience that gave rise to those memories."
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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Memory Games.

About Daniel Kahneman's TEDTalk

Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman goes through a series of examples of things we might remember, from vacations to colonoscopies. He explains how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently.

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7:32am

Fri May 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Judge's Comments Bruising To Apple's Price-Fixing Case

A person walks by an Apple Store on April 23, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:48pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Movie Reviews

'Plimpton!': A Fond Look At A Man Of Letters

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:43 pm

But Could He Cook, Too? Journalist, raconteur, bon vivant and bona fide literary force, Paris Review founder George Plimpton — pictured here photographing birds on a trip to Africa — is the subject of an admiring documentary.
Freddy Plimpton Laemmle Zeller Films

If ever there was a man who made a virtue out of failure, it was George Plimpton.

He played quarterback with the Detroit Lions without even knowing where to put his hands to take the snap. He had his nose bloodied by knockout king Archie Moore. He sweated through performances as a triangle player for Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Tennis great Pancho Gonzales properly destroyed him in a singles match, and Plimpton once threw a pitch at Yankee Stadium that was pounded into the third deck.

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7:33pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Movie Reviews

More Time Together, Though 'Midnight' Looms

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 5:39 pm

Still Talking: After 18 years, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) apparently have plenty left to hash out.
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Celine and Jesse are sporting a few physical wrinkles — and working through some unsettling relational ones — in Before Midnight, but that just makes this third installment of their once-dewy romance gratifyingly dissonant.

It's been 18 years since they talked through the night that first time, Julie Delpy's Celine enchanting and occasionally prickly, Ethan Hawke's Jesse determined to charm; their chatter then, as now, scripted but loose enough to feel improvised as captured in long, long takes by Richard Linklater's cameras.

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