Arts

5:55pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Performing Arts

'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:08 pm

Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, Connor's bereaved sister, and Ben Platt is Evan in Dear Evan Hansen.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of Arena Stage

An anxious, awkward teenager, social media, suicide. These are the themes at play in a new musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production has garnered praise from both the New York Times ("sweet, sad and quite moving") and the Washington Post (which said it "radiates charm and wit)." They're not the only ones buzzing about it — this play about human behavior in the digital age will head to New York's Second Stage Theater next spring.

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4:29pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Commentary

Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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4:29pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Muslim Artists, Now

Muslim Feminists Rewrite Boundaries On The Street And At Home

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:39 pm

When writer Mona Eltahawy was 15 her family moved to Saudi Arabia from the UK. It was a shock. Suddenly her highly educated mother could not drive or go anywhere unless accompanied by a man. Boys and girls lived segregated lives and it seemed to Eltahawy that women were considered the walking embodiment of sin. She found her refuge in reading and eventually discovered the writing of Muslim feminists.

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2:13pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Movie Interviews

Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

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2:13pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Author Interviews

David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

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1:37pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Movies

Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day.
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Editor's Note: Hot weather is the time for popcorn pictures — escapist films that may have laughs or tears along the way, but that inevitably end happily. It's a formula that's served Hollywood well, and that's also served to make a lot of people into movie addicts, including our critic Bob Mondello. He now sees more than 300 movies a year — many of which do not have happy endings, and that suits him fine. But we asked him if he remembered his first trip to a movie theater. And he did.

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12:28pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Television

'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:05 pm

Oscar Isaac plays an ambitious young politician in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, which begins airing Sunday.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

By now, viewers know what to expect from a David Simon drama. You expect an intense study of a precise location, as with Baltimore in The Wire and New Orleans in Treme. You expect flawed, fascinating and unforgettable characters — like Omar in The Wire, just to name one. And you expect the story to raise issues, especially about race and politics, that are unfortunately relevant to today.

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9:48am

Fri August 14, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Does A Year Of Following Biblical Rules Change You?

"I'm Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is Italian ... But I've become increasingly interested in religion." — A.J. Jacobs
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour Episode Amateur Hour.

About A.J. Jacob's TED Talk

Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

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9:48am

Fri August 14, 2015
TED Radio Hour

How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

"My agenda is very transparent and very simple: I want to save my kid, and will not let this disease take him without a fight." — Nancy Frates
Sheryl Lanzel

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Amateurs.

About Nancy Frates' TED Talk

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.

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9:48am

Fri August 14, 2015
TED Radio Hour

What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

"When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it ... the mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done." — Derek Sivers
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Derek Sivers' TED Talk

After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.

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