Arts

4:27am

Sun February 3, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Tackle 'Yards' To Make A Touchdown

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:24 am

NPR Graphic

On-air challenge: In recognition of the Super Bowl, the key word is "yards." You will be given some categories. For each one, name something in the category beginning with each of the letters Y, A, R, D and S. For example, if the category were "Girls' Names," you might say Yvonne, Alice, Rachel, Donna and Sally.

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2:36pm

Sat February 2, 2013
Author Interviews

The Inconvenient Truth About Polar Bears

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 6:41 pm

A polar bear looks up as the sound of the camera catches his ear on the edge of the Hudson Bay, outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

In 2008, reports of polar bears' inevitable march toward extinction gripped headlines. Stories of thinning Arctic ice and even polar bear cannibalism combined to make these predators into a powerful symbol in the debate about climate change.

The headlines caught Zac Unger's attention, and he decided to write a book about the bears.

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8:03am

Sat February 2, 2013
The Picture Show

The Ways We Wait: A Train Station Tribute For Grand Central's 100th

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:30 pm

A boy hitches a ride on a suitcase as he waits to board a train at Beijing West Railway Station during Chunyun travel peak on Feb. 8, 2007.
China Photos Getty Images

Grand Central Terminal, one of world's most iconic commuter destinations (or departure points, depending on which way you're going), celebrated a big birthday this week. Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the largest railroad terminal in the world.

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6:52am

Sat February 2, 2013
Author Interviews

'City Of Devi' Sets A Love Triangle In Pre-Apocalyptic Mumbai

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 3:07 pm

iStockphoto.com

Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi, opens with India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war. India is roiled by factional violence between Hindus and Muslims. Bombers strafe citizens, vigilantes settle scores, and terrorists set off dirty bombs around the country as Mumbai boils over with fear and fury. And if that's not enough, it's also a sex comedy.

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12:03am

Sat February 2, 2013
Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction Round 10: Leave A Message After The Beep

Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 11:59 pm

Author Mona Simpson is the judge for Round 10 of Three-Minute Fiction. She has written five works of fiction (among other short stories and essays): Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road and My Hollywood.
Alex Hoerner

It's Round 10 of Three-Minute Fiction, the short story contest from weekends on All Things Considered. Here's the premise: Write a piece of original fiction that can be read in about three minutes (no more than 600 words).

Our judge for this round is author Mona Simpson, whose most recent book is My Hollywood. She most recently won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prizes. Here's her twist for Round 10:

Write a story in the form of a voice-mail message.

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6:10pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Astronaut Mae Jemison Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 10:53 am

NASA

In 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to fly in space when she served as a science mission specialist. We've invited Jemison to play a game called "Excuse me? When do we get to the Southwest terminal?" Jemison has flown in the space shuttle Endeavour, so we thought we'd ask her questions about a sometimes more unpredictable vehicle ... the airport shuttle.

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4:10pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Media

For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:17 pm

Deutsch LA

3:59pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Schroder' Chronicles A Father's Desperate Mistakes

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:43 pm

Twelve Books

A father embroiled in a bitter custody battle abducts his 6-year-old daughter and heads off with her through upstate New York and Vermont.

His name is Eric Kennedy and he's the desperate, complicated narrator of a new novel by Amity Gaige. Schroder is written as an explanation to his ex-wife of where he went and why he did it:

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3:06pm

Fri February 1, 2013
The Salt

An Oscar-Nominated Guacamole: Your Friday Visual Feast

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:11 pm

Fresh Guacamole, an Oscar-nominated short film by PES
PES

1:39pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Monkey See

They Call Me ... Bruce? When Characters Outlive Their Names

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 8:26 am

Bruce Wayne is only one of the many characters whose name makes him seem perhaps a little older than he is.
DC Comics

Look, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with the name "Bruce."

There are plenty of Bruces about, and good and strong and admirable Bruces they are, contributing to society in myriad ways.

You got your Springsteen, of course. Your Campbell. Your Vilanch. Your Dern. Your ... um, Boxleitner. Your Jenner and your ... Baumgartner, was it? Baumgartner.

Bruce: A perfectly fine name. Just not as common in the U.S. as it once was, is my point.

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