Arts

7:06am

Sat May 25, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Geometry

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I found your journal in my car. A slim, Moleskin, six by ten centimeters, soft cover, blue, curving upwards at the edges like an incredibly shallow bowl, or a key dish. By the concavity in its form, the book seemed to be suggesting it was capable of carrying something. Something real. Not much. A few pennies. A handful of nails. One heavy pen cradled at that depression in the center, which had dropped out of the flatness of the book from riding around in the back pocket of your jeans.

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7:05am

Sat May 25, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Snowflake

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She found the photograph early in the day, while she was cleaning for spring, pulling a winter's collection of domestic detritus out from under the bed. Ticket stubs, grimy grocery notes, coffee-stained lined paper, and dead pens. Their life: movies, food, and books. She didn't like housecleaning, but the weather had changed, and something moved her to sweep around, put things in order, clean them up.

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6:30am

Sat May 25, 2013
The Salt

Gals Who Grill: What Will It Take For Women To Man The Q?

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 11:36 am

Ladies, why are we letting the menfolk dominate the grilling?
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There's a lot of innovation in grilling — everything from fancy briquettes to gadgets that help grill veggies to perfection.

But according to survey data from the NPD Group, one thing that's not changing is who's firing up the grill.

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5:55am

Sat May 25, 2013
Theater

Equity At 100: More Than Just A Broadway Baby

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

His statue may be a Theater District landmark now, but George M. Cohan caused no small amount of trouble for Actors' Equity early in its history. The union marks its 100th anniversary this year.
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"Don't put your daughter on the stage," Noel Coward famously cautioned his imaginary Mrs. Worthington, and no wonder: Stage acting is one of the toughest professions imaginable. For all the potential triumph, there's hardly any job security — and more than a little potential for heartbreak and disappointment.

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5:55am

Sat May 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Gnomes Crash Distinguished Garden Show In England

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

Despite the change in policy, some gardens maintained a more traditional appearance this year, such as the East Village display.
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Gnomes marched their way into one of England's most prestigious gardening events this year. The 100th annual Chelsea Flower Show, which ends Saturday, opened its gates to the flower-friendly creatures for the first time.

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5:55am

Sat May 25, 2013
StoryCorps

Prepare For Takeoff With 'Cockpit Confidential'

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

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With summer travel season just over the horizon, millions of Americans are poised to take off for family vacations. But before they reach their destinations, they'll likely endure security lines, luggage fees, tiny bags of pretzels and unexplained delays.

Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and columnist, has written a new book for curious fliers. It's called Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers and Reflections.

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5:55am

Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

'Steal The Menu': A Chronicle Of A Career In Food Coverage

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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5:55am

Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

Gateway Arch 'Biography' Reveals Complex History Of An American Icon

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 1:19 pm

The Gateway Arch "is really a monument to the 20th century and to the height of American power," says historian Tracy Campbell.
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The iconic Gateway Arch — overlooking the Mississippi River from the St. Louis side — took almost a generation to build, but the 630-foot monument hasn't transformed the city as hoped in the four decades that have followed.

Conceived in the 1940s and completed in the 1960s, the history of the signature American symbol is described in Tracy Campbell's new book, The Gateway Arch: A Biography. The story has some surprising twists — including, Campbell says, a very early vision of an arch by the Mississippi:

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1:33am

Sat May 25, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

NFL Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 3:03 pm

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Michele Tafoya is the Emmy award-winning reporter for NBC's Sunday Night Football, but she's spent time on basketball courts, softball diamonds, gymnastics mats and now public radio quiz show game grids.

We've invited Tafoya to play a game called "Enter at your own risk!" As one of the first female reporters to be allowed inside the NFL locker room, she has been a pioneer in her field. But there are still places out there where they believe in cooties, so Tafoya will answer three questions about men's-only clubs.

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4:41pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Author Interviews

A Race Against Time To Find WWI's Last 'Doughboys'

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 6:27 am

Arthur Fiala, shown here in 1918 and 2005, was a private in the 26th Company of the 20th Engineers Regiment during World War I.
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Ten years ago, writer Richard Rubin set out to talk to every living American veteran of World War I he could find. It wasn't easy, but he tracked down dozens of centenarian vets, ages 101 to 113, collected their stories and put them in a new book called The Last of the Doughboys. He tells NPR's Melissa Block about the veterans he talked to, and the stories they shared.

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