Sat May 16, 2015
Book Reviews

The Gates Of Liavek Are Open Again In 'Points Of Departure'

When I'm feeling low, there's a city I like to visit. This particular city is contained within a handful of shabby 1980s paperbacks around which I coil as protectively as a dragon around her hoard (though the city in question contains no actual dragons): The city of Liavek.

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Sat May 16, 2015
Book Reviews

Will 'The Familiar' Kill The Novel? No, But It Comes Close

Ariel Zambelich NPR

For five minutes, I thought this was it — the novel that was going to kill the novel. The book which, finally, was going to bridge that psychological, ideological and semantic gap between the fusty old books of our grandparents' age (just a bunch of words on paper representing characters, plot, action logically progressing to a known and comprehensible conclusion) and the mythical books of our future (which would have none of this, being composed exclusively of smells, or written on lasers or whatever).

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Fri May 15, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Pitch Perfect 2
Richard Cartwright Universal Pictures

This week's show came to you a little late, because that's how much we wanted to drag our pal Petra Mayer of NPR Books to see Pitch Perfect 2 with us before we taped.

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Fri May 15, 2015
Movie Interviews

Yo Aca-Adrian! Elizabeth Banks Says 'Rocky IV' Inspired The New 'Pitch Perfect'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 6:58 pm

Anna Kendrick and her compatriots in the Barden Bellas are back for a second installment of a cappella excitement in Pitch Perfect 2. It's also Elizabeth Banks' first major movie as a director.
Universal Studios

You'd recognize actress Elizabeth Banks if you saw her — blonde, attractive, funny — whether she's playing an exhausted pregnant woman in What to Expect When You're Expecting, or an inappropriate a cappella judge in the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect.

Now she's taking on a different role: Directing Pitch Perfect 2. It's a tall order since the first one was such a surprise hit — it cost only $17 million to make, but earned more than $100 million worldwide.

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Fri May 15, 2015
Movie Reviews

Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 10:29 pm

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Fri May 15, 2015
The Salt

Bistro In Vitro: A Virtual Playground To Ponder The Future Of Meat

The bistro imagines the day when will be possible to culture "meat thread" made from long strands of muscle tissue. On a "special knitting machine," meat is thread into a steak.
Submarine Channel/Next Nature Network/Bistro In Vitro

Flowering meat that unfolds when plopped into hot broth, beef "yarn" that can be knitted directly onto your plate and fried nuggets made from the extinct dodo bird are just a few of the menu options at the Bistro In Vitro.

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Fri May 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:19 pm

Henri Matisse's Seated Woman was found in an apartment in Munich.
Wolf Heider-Sawall Courtesy of Art Recovery Group

Missing for nearly 75 years, a painting by Henri Matisse is being returned to the family of its rightful owner Friday. Seated Woman belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940.

The story of the painting's recovery reads like a historical crime novel.

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Fri May 15, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Can Couples Rebuild Trust After An Affair?

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:50 pm

Esther Perel speaking at TED in 2015.
Courtesy of TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Trust And Consequences

About Esther's TED Talk

Affairs can completely rock a marriage. But psychotherapist Esther Perel says that while infidelity can shatter trust, it doesn't mean couples can't find a way to rebuild their relationships.

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Fri May 15, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Can Trusting Strangers Fuel An Economy?

Rachel Botsman speaking at TEDGlobal 2012.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Trust And Consequences

About Rachel Botsman's TED Talk

The new currency of this economy is trust, says Rachel Botsman. Companies that rely on sharing invest in what Botsman calls "reputation capital."

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Fri May 15, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Does Trust Happen In Music?

Charles Hazlewood conducting an ensemble at TED.
James Duncan Davidson Courtesy of TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Trust And Consequences

About Charles Hazlewood's TED Talk

Conductor Charles Hazlewood talks about the role of trust between conductor and orchestra, which he describes as a "miracle."

About Charles Hazlewood

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