Arts

6:38am

Sun May 5, 2013
Television

Pat Sajak: 'I Didn't See Myself As A Game Show Host'

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 7:45 am

Wheel of Fortune has been a part of American culture since 1975. The show has been in syndication since 1983 and since then there has only been one host, Pat Sajak. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Sajak about his early years in broadcasting, the military and hosting one the nation's most popular game shows.

5:54am

Sun May 5, 2013
You Must Read This

A Chatty, Pensive, 'Rude As A Goat's Beard' Child Soldier

A. Igoni Barrett is the author of Love Is Power, Or Something Like That: Stories.

The reign of the child soldier in African literature is over.

Now, in the aftermath of its decline, the props of the regime — as with the downfall of your common blood-and-flesh despot — are being dismantled. The discerning reader has long grown weary of dead and dying stereotypes of the modern African novel: Civil wars. Black magic. Vulture-stalked refugees. In life as in literature, the stranglehold of these banal memes on African narratives is broken.

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5:24am

Sun May 5, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Two Last Names For The Price Of One

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 6:39 am

NPR Graphic

On-air challenge: Every answer today consists of two people, either real or fictional, whose last names are anagrams of each other.

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5:24am

Sun May 5, 2013
Food

How To Dip Without Breaking The Chip

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 10:13 am

Claire O'Neill NPR

The Mexican army's May 5 victory in 1862's Battle of Puebla is a pretty small holiday in Mexico. But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has grown into a kind of Mexican St. Patrick's Day. So this weekend, in honor of that holiday, thousands of Americans will be dipping tortilla chips into guacamole, and when they do they'll have an important decision to make: how best to dip without breaking the chip.

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5:24am

Sun May 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Paul Rudnick On His 'Gorgeous' Adventure

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 6:38 am

Cover of Gorgeous

Paul Rudnick has made a name as a playwright, novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Now he's turned his attention to the Young Adult market with a kind of Cinderella story starring a young woman named Becky, who's grown up in a trailer park.

When Becky's mom dies, she discovers a mysterious phone number. Calling it, she receives a mystical offer: A legendary New York fashion designer will make her three dresses, one each in black, white and red, and if she'll only wear them — and do everything he says — she'll become history's most beautiful woman.

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4:54pm

Sat May 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Star Wars Fans 'Use The Fourth' To Celebrate

Fans are celebrating Star Wars Day today, May 4. Here, actor David Prowse (center), who played Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy, poses with costumed fans in France last week.
Thierry Zoccolan AFP/Getty Images

Today is May 4, unofficially known as Star Wars Day — seemingly for the lone reason that it presents an opportunity for people to tell one another, "May the Fourth be with you." But fans of the George Lucas films are also using the day as an excuse to break out costumes and photos, and generally let their Jedi flag fly.

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4:52pm

Sat May 4, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Paula Patton Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:24 pm

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
The Kobal Collection

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.

The movie that actress Paula Patton, whose credits include the films Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jumping the Broom and Disconnect (currently in theaters) could watch a million times is the comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

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12:07pm

Sat May 4, 2013
Sports

A 'Decadent And Depraved' Derby With Hunter S. Thompson

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:27 pm

When illustrator Ralph Steadman accepted an assignment with writer Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby, he never imagined the weekend that would ensue. Here, Steadman depicts the race's winner, a colt named Dust Commander.
Ralph Steadman

In the spring of 1970, a British illustrator named Ralph Steadman had just moved to America, hoping to find some work. His first call came from a small literary journal called Scanlan's. It was looking for a cartoonist to send to the Kentucky Derby. Steadman had heard of neither the race nor the writer he was to accompany, a fellow named Hunter S. Thompson.

Steadman hadn't read any of Thompson's work, and he certainly didn't know that the writer had a bit of a drinking tendency, but he agreed to go.

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7:03am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

A Look Inside The Garage: A Q&A With Marc Maron

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 4:23 pm

With his newest book, Attempting Normal, released on April 30, and a TV show, Maron, that premiered on IFC on May 3, comedian Marc Maron is having a busy spring. Maron considers himself primarily a stand-up comic, but he's also an actor, author and host of the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. The podcast has a simple premise: Maron interviews another comic. But the resulting product is complex and compelling.

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5:51am

Sat May 4, 2013
Author Interviews

'Fat' Dad Jim Gaffigan On Kids, Comedy And Apartment Living

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 11:53 am

Jim Gaffigan is an American stand-up comedian.
Nigel Parry Crown Archetype

Jim Gaffigan is outnumbered. The comedian and actor lives with his wife, Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and five children — that's not a typo — in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan.

It's a neighborhood that quite proudly abounds with hipsters, swingers, adults-only shops, men in high heels, and people who mutter to themselves on the street. But nothing may attract more surprise in the neighborhood than a Midwestern couple and their five children.

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