Arts

7:18am

Mon April 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Shakespeare Was A Tax Evader And Food Hoarder, Researchers Say

William Shakespeare, brilliant playwright and cutthroat businessman?
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:22pm

Sun March 31, 2013
Performing Arts

For Female Magicians, The First Trick Is Being Accepted

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 6:28 pm

Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks to female magician, Dorothy Dietrich, on the struggles of being a female in a male dominated magic world.

4:45pm

Sun March 31, 2013
Author Interviews

An Unlikely Explorer Stumbles Into Controversy

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:03 pm

The mostly forgotten explorer Paul du Chaillu introduced the world to gorillas. His methods were attacked and his work discredited during his lifetime, but he also experienced fame and redemption.

Author Monte Reel illuminates the little-known tale of the 19th century explorer in his new book Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm.

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10:03am

Sun March 31, 2013
Movie Interviews

Cristian Mungiu: Metaphor Or Not, 'Hills' Has Eyes For Romania's Past

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 6:28 pm

Director Cristian Mungiu on the set of his new film, Beyond the Hills. As in his earlier 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the filmmaker focuses on two young women adrift in the post-Soviet wilderness of Romania.
Sundance Selects

Cristian Mungiu became the poster boy for the Romanian New Wave when his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days took the top prize at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007. Like that film, Mungiu's latest turns an unblinking camera on two troubled young women in a dysfunctional society. Beyond the Hills is now opening in theaters across the U.S.

Like its predecessor, Beyond the Hills was a prizewinner at Cannes: Its two young stars shared the best actress prize last year, and Mungiu won best screenplay.

The story he tells is disturbing.

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7:03am

Sun March 31, 2013
You Must Read This

In Alice McDermott's 'Charming Billy', Love Turns To Grief

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:12 am

Harold Augenbraum is the executive director of the National Book Foundation.

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5:42am

Sun March 31, 2013
The Salt

Italy's Chocolate Easter Eggs: Big, Bold And Full Of Bling

In 2012, an Italian chocolatier presented Benedict XVI, now pope emeritus, with a 6.5-foot-tall chocolate Easter egg weighing some 550 pounds.
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In Italy, there are no Easter egg hunts, no marshmallow Peeps and definitely no jelly beans.

Instead, there are chocolate eggs — massive, elaborately decorated, beautifully wrapped chocolate Easter eggs that now fill shop windows across the country. The sweet treats are considered Italians' food gift of choice at this time of year. And each one comes with a surprise tucked inside.

"You want something that really gives a big effect," says Rome-based food writer Elizabeth Minchilli.

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5:39am

Sun March 31, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 10:25 am

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On-air challenge: You will be given some words. For each one, you provide a four-letter word that can follow the first to complete a familiar two-word phrase. The four letters of the second word can always be found inside the first word. For example, given "personal," the answer would be "loan."

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5:39am

Sun March 31, 2013
Author Interviews

In A New Memoir, Maya Angelou Recalls How A 'Lady' Became 'Mom'

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 3:40 pm

Maya Angelou and her mother, Vivian Baxter. Although it took years, Angelou and her mother eventually developed a close and loving relationship.
Random House

Maya Angelou has lived a life so expansive and extraordinary that, even after seven autobiographies, she still has more stories to tell. Her latest book, Mom & Me & Mom, explores her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. When Angelou was young, Baxter sent Angelou and her brother away to be raised by their grandmother; years later, she called them back to live with her again, the start of a sometimes fractious but eventually loving relationship.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

Alicia Silverstone (from left), Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash in Clueless.
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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.

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4:58pm

Sat March 30, 2013
Movie Interviews

Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:25 pm

In director Danny Boyle's upcoming film Trance, James McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer whose gambling problem pushes him into an awkward relationship with a group of criminals.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Scottish actor James McAvoy stars in the new heist thriller Trance. It's the latest film from director Danny Boyle, best known for the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

In Trance, McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer with a gambling problem who ends up mixed in with a gang of criminals.

Although the 33-year-old has been dying to work with Boyle for years, he says he almost didn't take the part.

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