Arts

12:28pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Remembrances

Remembering Annette Funicello, America's Mouseketeer

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:05 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. We're going to remember Annette Funicello. She died yesterday at the age of 70 from complications of multiple sclerosis, which she had had for more than 25 years.

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12:28pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Movie Reviews

Going 'Mental' And Enjoying The Ride

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:39 pm

Shaz (Toni Collette), a hotheaded stranger new to the Australian town of Dolphin Heads, becomes the unlikely answer to a local politician's problems when she steps in to nanny his children.
Dada Films

Mental is madder than madcap. I heard one critic sniff, "It's kind of broad" — and, Your Honor, the defense agrees! But if broad means "unsubtle," it doesn't have to mean "unreal." Mental makes most other movies seem boringly, misleadingly sane.

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12:26pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Arts & Life

Former Social Security Commish Writes Haiku

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally, the latest in our series Muses and Metaphors. We are celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. You've already started sending us poems that are 140 characters or less. Today, we hear from former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue. He joined us earlier in the program to talk about the president's proposal to change Social Security. But in addition to his government service - you might know this - Mr. Astrue is a published poet. And here he is.

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11:26am

Tue April 9, 2013
Monkey See

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'Carrie'

Sony Pictures

Carrie was Stephen King's first published novel. First released in 1974, it was followed in 1976 by Brian De Palma's film adaptation, for which both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were nominated for Oscars.

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10:14am

Tue April 9, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper,' By Brian Kimberling

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 11:11 am

Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.

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10:10am

Tue April 9, 2013
Book Reviews

From Wolitzer, Dramas Of The Gifted (And Less So)

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:42 am

Meg Wolitzer's fat, talky new novel begins in 1974 at an arts camp in the Berkshires where six teenagers sit around in a teepee smoking pot and discussing Gunter Grass. Yes, Gunter Grass, which gives you an idea of the kind of kids Wolitzer is writing about: smart, privileged, pretentious.

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8:46am

Tue April 9, 2013
Code Switch

Mom Says: "Learn Chinese"

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 12:50 pm

Hu, with her mom, Jeannie.
Channing Johnson Elise Hu

My earliest memory of code switching is at Pizza Hut, back when Pizza Huts were sit-down restaurants with salad bars and garlic bread. (Like any daughter of immigrants, most of my memories involve food.) My mom and dad would speak with the waiters in English, ordering our pan-crust pizzas and Pepsi products, but we used Mandarin at the table. Our Mandarin was our secret code.

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7:14am

Tue April 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Margaret Thatcher Authorized A Posthumous Biography

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:18 am

Britain's then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Tory Party Conference in Blackpool, England, in 1981.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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2:57am

Tue April 9, 2013
Movies

Crowdsourcing Creativity At The Cinema

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:00 pm

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is one of five celebrity directors taking part in a Canon-sponsored experiment called Project Imaginat10n. His short film, the inspiration for which was crowdsourced via the Internet and social media, focuses on familial loss and the process of grieving.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

These days, if they can't find a producer to fund their latest film, a lot of artists turn to crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter to raise money for production.

But here's a new twist: a project headed up by director Ron Howard that is crowdsourcing the inspiration.

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2:55am

Tue April 9, 2013
Author Interviews

'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:07 pm

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When the CIA came into being in 1947, its mandate was to keep tabs on events around the world. Gather intelligence about foreign governments. Spy. But the agency has evolved away from this original mission, as Mark Mazzetti reports in a new book, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

Mazzetti, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, begins with a quote from John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

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