Arts

12:26pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:25 pm

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As a film critic for The Boston Globe, Ty Burr has met a lot of movie stars and is often asked what they're really like. What he has realized is that often, the actor's image has little to do with their actual personality, but that's not what interests him; Burr is more curious about why we ask that question to begin with. Burr wants to know "why we respond to these people who we think are larger than life [and] that are — especially in the classic days — manufactured and all their irregularities sanded off and presented to us as some kind of perfection."

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12:25pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Fresh Air Interviews

Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:39 pm

To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.

7:16am

Mon March 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Willa Cather's Letters To Be Published Against Her Wishes

Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Willa Cather wrote such novels as My Antonia and O Pioneers!
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Mon March 25, 2013
New In Paperback

March 25-31: Freedom, Peace And Pilgrimages

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 3:45 pm

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* Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.

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5:01pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Chris O'Dowd Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 9:41 am

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in a scene from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.
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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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5:01pm

Sun March 24, 2013
Author Interviews

For Toms River, An Imperfect Salvation

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:03 pm

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In 1953, the Swiss chemical company Ciba came to Toms River, N.J. By all accounts, the community was delighted to have it. The chemical plant for manufacturing textile dye brought jobs and tax revenue to the small town on the Jersey shore. The company invested in the town's hospital and donated land for a golf course.

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9:34am

Sun March 24, 2013
The Picture Show

Drawing Artistic Inspiration From C-SPAN's Talking Heads

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 1:49 pm

(Left to right) Sketches of Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama
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A few months ago, Reid Cherlin, a GQ magazine contributor and former White House spokesman for President Obama, was sent a link to a website with what he says was "a sort of grotesque sketch" of his face.

It was the website of Michael McCutcheon, a 73-year-old retiree who draws sketches of all of the guests on C-SPAN's morning programming. Cherlin was a guest on C-SPAN last year, a pretty normal thing for D.C. pundits.

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6:05am

Sun March 24, 2013
PG-13: Risky Reads

Beyond Teen Spirit: Learning From Kurt Cobain's Mistakes

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 11:00 am

Nicole J. Georges' latest book is Calling Dr. Laura.

My mother picked me up from school in early April 1994. I was barely a teenager, lips stretched over braces as I focused my attention on the radio dial, seeking an alternative station when my mom delivered some news: "Oh, your buddy died."

"Who is 'my buddy?' "

"Uhhh ... whatshisname ... the screaming, you know, the blonde. ..."

She was talking about Kurt Cobain.

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5:33am

Sun March 24, 2013
Arts & Life

Where To Sit To Keep A Big Dinner Interesting

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:05 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Here's a scenario you have probably faced.

ALEX CORNELL: Sometimes you go to dinner with a lot of people you know, but then there's some friends from out of town and you end up sitting next to the, you know, the roommate of the friend who doesn't know anyone...

MARTIN: Who you're never going to see again.

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5:33am

Sun March 24, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Finding The Answers Within

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:05 am

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On-air challenge: You'll be given clues for some five-letter words. In each case, the letters of the answer can be found consecutively somewhere inside the clue. For example, given "Some teenagers' language," the answer would be "slang"(hidden inside "teenagerS' LANGuage").

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