Arts

6:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Asia

An American 'Revolutionary' In China

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:37 pm

Mao Zedong signs Sidney Rittenberg's copy of The Little Red Book during a gathering of party leaders in Beijing on May 1, 1967, at the beginning of China's Cultural Revolution.
Courtesy of Sidney Rittenberg

Sidney Rittenberg went to China as an American GI at the end of World War II and fell in love with the country. He was discharged as a Chinese translator for the U.S. Army, but decided to stay there.

By the time Rittenberg came back to the United States, more than 30 years later, he had become one of only a few American citizens to join the Chinese Communist Party. He translated English for Chairman Mao Zedong, told off Madame Mao during the Cultural Revolution, and endured 16 years of solitary confinement in Chinese prisons.

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6:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Author Interviews

'John Lennon Letters' Reveal A Life As It Happened

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 4:21 pm

John Lennon signs autographs during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour.
Jim Gray Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Lennon loved word play; he wrote songs that have not only become standards, but also milestones, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Strawberry Fields," which he wrote with the Beatles, and "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance," which he wrote on his own. For most of his life, he also composed letters to friends and family; then lovers, as he grew up; and strangers, as he grew famous. His notes, letters and postcards often contained small, funny drawings and self portraits.

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6:37am

Sat October 20, 2012
Movies

A Look At 'The Girl' Who Caught Hitchcock's Eye

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:24 am

Tippi Hedren (played by Sienna Millier) starred in two of Alfred Hitchcock's (Toby Jones) films: Marnie and The Birds.
Kelly Walsh HBO

8:04pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Plays Not My Job

Nancy Pelosi takes the stage during Day Two of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September.
Alex Wong Getty Images

In January 2007, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California was sworn in as the speaker of the House of Representatives — and became the first woman to hold that position. She is currently the House minority leader.

We've invited Pelosi to play a game about men breaking gender barriers — three questions about men who've gone where no man has gone before.

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5:58pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Home Video Review: Universal's 'Classic Monsters' Collection

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon is featured in the new release of Universal's classic monster movies.
Universal Pictures

Time now for a home viewing recommendation from film critic Bob Mondello. This week, Bob's getting ahead of the Halloween curve, with an 8-disk Classic Monsters collection from Universal Pictures.

The scene you know best is nowhere to be found in the novel Frankenstein. No electrifying the creature with lightning, no ecstatic doctor's cry of "It's alive, it's aliiiiiiive!"

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4:04pm

Fri October 19, 2012
The Salt

Excuse Me, Is That Bacon In Your Cocktail?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Three of Josh Berner's fat-infused cocktails. From left: Play It Sam, United Colors of Basilton and Chile Manteca Y Dulce. Scroll down for the recipes.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

The practice of imparting the flavor of something heavy into a lighter liquid is centuries old. Ancient Indian healers did it with botanicals; early Christian monks did it with bitters. But the process is getting new attention as part of the craze to put all things food into all things drink.

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3:45pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

'Friendkeeping': The Close Relationships We Could, But Can't Easily, Let Go

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:46 pm

At Monkey See this week, we've been talking about friendship and pop culture. We close with this discussion with Julie Klam, whose new book, Friendkeeping, goes on sale next week.

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12:21pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:55 pm

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Baratunde Thurston is an American comedian and the digital director of The Onion. He co-founded the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics. He is also a prolific tweeter.
Courtesy of the author

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 1, 2012. How to Be Black will be released in paperback on Oct. 30.

It's no coincidence that Baratunde Thurston's new memoir and satirical self-help book How to Be Black was slated for release on the first day of Black History Month.

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11:55am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Does The Hallmark Channel Have Basic Cable's Most Efficiently Defined Brand?

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:50 pm

Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson in I Married Who?
Alexx Henry Hallmark Channel

10:58am

Fri October 19, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Nature Of Suspense And Our Love Of Cover Songs

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:53 pm

NPR
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This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.

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