Arts

4:58pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Architecture

Battle Lines Drawn Over Old 'Miami Herald' Building

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:55 pm

The Miami Herald's old headquarters on Biscayne Bay have been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50's and 60's. Demolition proponents — which include some prominent architects — say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving.

3:31pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Last Refuge': Yemen, Al-Qaida And The U.S.

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 3:47 pm

W.W. Norton & Co.

In December 2009, a would-be terrorist boarded a plane for Detroit with a bomb in his underwear. While the explosive failed to properly ignite and the man was arrested upon landing, the ensuing investigation revealed the bomb in question had been made by al-Qaida leaders in Yemen.

This attempted act of terrorism heralded both the small Arabian country's re-emergence into the international consciousness as a refuge for al-Qaida and the ascendance of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), developments that have grown only more pronounced since.

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2:34pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 9:16 am

After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

It was almost spooky. Each night after 11 p.m., when nothing was stirring in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, two men would enter. One would sit at the organ, playing a key or series of keys, and the other would crawl around inside the organ pipes, 40 feet off the floor. The process went on for months.

It was the all but final phase of installing a new organ for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. And on Nov. 27, the organ makes its formal debut.

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1:33pm

Tue November 27, 2012
New In Paperback

New In Paperback Nov. 26- Dec. 2

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Paula McLain, Anita Desai, Joseph Epstein, Rosamond Bernier and Stuart Isacoff.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

12:36pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Picture Show

Afghanistan's Love Of The Big Screen

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 1:07 pm

The audience at Pamir Cinema in Kabul watches a Pakistani film
Jonathan Saruk Getty Images

Unless you've been to Afghanistan, your imagination probably conjures up a pretty bleak picture of what has been a war-torn country for decades. Photographer Jonathan Saruk hopes to change that.

"It is important for people to know that while Afghanistan is a war-torn country with a plethora of difficult issues it must overcome," he says, "people there still live, work and occasionally try to have fun."

Movies in Afghanistan were banned under the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 until 2001, and only in recent years has there been a little renaissance in theater culture.

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11:57am

Tue November 27, 2012
Monkey See

Is That A Budweiser In Your Hand?: Product Placement, Booze, And Denzel Washington

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 11:22 am

Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker in Flight.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

At one point in the film Flight, alcoholic pilot William "Whip" Whitaker, played by Denzel Washington, peers into a hotel-room mini-fridge filled with pretty much every type of wine and liquor imaginable.

The shot showcases wine brands Yellow Tail, Barefoot, Sutter Home, plus Amstel Light and Heineken beers — even Red Bull.

This scene raised a lot of questions for me: When has any hotel minibar ever contained so much alcohol? Why has Denzel done three films focusing on transportation –- two trains and now a plane — in as many years?

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5:04am

Tue November 27, 2012
Monkey See

Running A Comedy Machine: How Chuck Lorre Makes Hits

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:51 pm

Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory, one of Chuck Lorre's three popular comedies currently on CBS.
Sonja Flemming CBS

On Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Neda Ulaby has a story about Chuck Lorre, the producer whose name is attached to three of the five highest-rated comedies on American television last season: The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, and Mike & Molly.

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4:28am

Tue November 27, 2012
Book Reviews

Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:12 pm

Nishant Choksi

I'm often asked how I choose the books that I'm going to talk about on Morning Edition's "Under the Radar" segments. Simple: I just pick some of the titles that I've most enjoyed since the last time I was on, without concern for whether they're fiction or nonfiction, genre or not, or aimed or classified as being for children or teens.

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5:12pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Books

Independent Bookstores Find Their Footing

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 6:18 pm

President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia go shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va. This is shaping up to be a better holiday season for independent booksellers than in past years.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has meant nothing but gloom for independent bookstores. But this year, the mood seems to be lifting, and a lot of booksellers are feeling optimistic. Even President Obama kicked off his Christmas shopping at a neighborhood bookstore in Northern Virginia.

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4:33pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 22, 2012

Three Lions Hulton Archive/Getty

Jon Meacham's Thomas Jefferson paints a rich portrait of the third president. It debuts at No. 1.

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