Mon March 25, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The McCamembert

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 2:36 pm

An awkward introduction.

McDonald's in France is offering the McCamembert — a burger with Camembert cheese. Here's what one review had to say, once I ran it through Google Translate:

We, on the bottom rather than the goat!

Makes sense to me.

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Mon March 25, 2013
NPR Story

'Mary T. and Lizzy K.': History's Unlikely Friendship

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:03 pm

Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris plays Elizabeth Keckly and Naomi Jacobson plays Mary Todd Lincoln in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's production of Mary T. & Lizzy K.
Scott Suchman

More than a century before Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln offered an intimate portrait of the 16th president and his family, a memoir from the first lady's dressmaker offered a glimpse into the Lincoln White House.

Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress and maybe her closest friend, told her story of slavery and self-emancipation, and her relationship with the Lincolns in a tell-all memoir called Behind The Scenes.

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Mon March 25, 2013
The Picture Show

Lost Nigeria: The Found Photos Of A Nurse With Wanderlust

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:32 am

"Lost Nigeria" is a series of photos showing the life of designer Senongo Akpem's mother in Africa. All photos were taken on slide film, between 1960 and 1980.
Courtesy of Senongo Akpem

In the 1960s, a young nurse from rural California named Emily decided to pack up, move to a newly independent Nigeria on a Christian mission and work with leprosy patients. She met a Nigerian preacher and married him, took the surname Akpem, and they had kids. To an outsider looking at her life in photos decades later, it all seems pretty exceptional.

But to her son, designer Senongo Akpem, it was regular family life. "It's always hard to describe your parents as exceptional," he says. "To me she was just Mom."

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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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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.


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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Mon March 25, 2013
New In Paperback

March 25-31: Freedom, Peace And Pilgrimages

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

Penguin Books

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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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Sun March 24, 2013
Author Interviews

For Toms River, An Imperfect Salvation

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

Mel Evans AP

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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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
Courtesy of Michael McCutcheon

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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