Arts

5:31am

Sat February 23, 2013
Art & Design

'Nordic Cool' Illuminates D.C.'s Kennedy Center

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 1:18 am

Nordic Cool Facade.
Yassine El Mansouri Courtesy: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

What is Nordic cool?

Right now, it's a massive festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with artists and designers displaying art and culture from their very top sliver of the globe.

The festival arrives at what seems like just the right moment for Americans.

From the Danish modern furniture of the 1950s to the omnipresence of Ikea, Americans have long been attracted to the austere design of Nordic countries.

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12:54pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Oscars 2013: The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Despite Dark Themes, A Big Oscar Bounce

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 6:47 pm

Despite its dark themes (slavery and the Civil War are hardly feel-good topics), Lincoln, like other Oscar nominees, has done very well at the box office. Disney has spent about $10 million campaigning for the best-picture prize, hoping for a payoff down the line.
DreamWorks

How much is a best-picture Oscar worth? Not the statuette — winners are required to sell that back to the Academy for a buck if they want to get rid of it. No, what's the Oscar worth at the box office?

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12:16pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Faith Matters

The Benefits Of Letting Bygones Be Bygones

Forgiving someone who's done you wrong can be challenging, but learning how to do it can benefit your mind and body. Frederic Luskin of the Stanford Forgiveness Project writes about this in his book, Forgive For Good. He joins host Michel Martin to talk about why learning to forgive is worth it.

12:15pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Barbershop

Will 'Blade Runner' Be The New O.J.?

South African Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, but the hearing brought to light bizarre details about the murder charges against him. So will the case turn into another O.J. Simpson fiasco? Host Michel Martin asks the barbershop guys for their thoughts.

10:16am

Fri February 22, 2013
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Omnibus

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:27 am

The tiger shows his toughness in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi.
20th Century Fox
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In an instance of truth in advertising, this week's NPR round-table pop-culture podcast offers almost a full hour of mostly Oscars analysis. All four of us saw all nine Best Picture contenders, so we'll be covering everything from what happened when Stephen Thompson finally sat down to watch Les Miserables after quoting the featurette for months to Glen's surprising theories about Amour. (Very surprising.)

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10:12am

Fri February 22, 2013
Ask Me Another

Steve Guttenberg: How To Make It In Hollywood

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 11:28 am

"About the third or fourth time [I sneaked into a famous casting director's office], I jumped up on his desk and started dancing. So he said, 'Look. Just sit down. I'll give you five minutes.' And it was like having five minutes with God."
Josh Rogosin NPR

No matter your age, there's probably a Steve Guttenberg movie that was significant to you in some way. Were you a college student in the early 80s? Police Academy probably made you laugh. Spent movie nights with the kids? Bet you rented Three Men and a Baby at the local Blockbuster. A child of the 90s? Zeus and Roxanne.

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10:10am

Fri February 22, 2013
NPR Story

The Guttenberg Bible

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

Actor Steve Guttenberg steps up for his Ask Me Another Challenge, entitled "Three Men and a Baby." His task? Guess which of three men is the father of some famous babies.
Josh Rogosin NPR

You may know this week's V.I.P. (Very Important Puzzler) Steve Guttenberg from such iconic films as Diner, Cocoon, and Three Men and a Baby. But he wears plenty of other hats – author, reality show contestant, even Guinness World Record holder. In this episode we'll explore all things Gute. Plus, we'll dine out on some soft rock, give movies the Randy Newman treatment, and find out that Mark Twain isn't all he's cracked up to be.

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9:00am

Fri February 22, 2013
Monkey See

Best Original Song, Least Original Category

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 1:24 pm

Randy Newman performs "We Belong Together," his Academy-Award-winning entry in the Best Original Song category from the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Newman has been nominated 15 times for the award.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

If you only read the cheery, overly optimistic press releases from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on its upcoming musical throw-down this Sunday – Adele will be performing! And Norah Jones! And Barbara Streisand! And there's going to be some kind of tribute to musicals of the last 10 years (but not all of them)! – you might think that the Academy loves and understands music.

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7:03am

Fri February 22, 2013
From The NPR Bookshelves

And The Academy Award Goes To: Great Reads About The Silver Screen

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:09 pm

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You may perhaps not have noticed, but the 85th annual Academy Awards are coming up this weekend. In Oscar's honor, we dug into the archives for some of the best books about the movies — and the books that became movies. And Cary Grant, because we love him even though Oscar didn't.

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7:00am

Fri February 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: What Will 'Win' Oddest Title Of The Year?

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 12:51 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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