Arts

11:53am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Salt

Three Burning Questions Answered About Salt

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:18 pm

The Salt's most colorful salts. From left to right: Cypress black lava, red Hawaiian, and pink Bolivian rose.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Salt — it's the ultimate condiment. It's the only rock we eat, and it makes our food taste better. There are dozens of varieties, from hand-harvested Himalayan pink to plain-old kosher, to various herb-infused blends. But, as we report a lot around here, when we eat too much, it can be bad for our health.

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11:41am

Fri September 21, 2012
Movie Reviews

The Art Of Preserving A High School 'Wallflower'

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:57 pm

Charlie (Logan Lerman), Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) navigate the joys and pains of high school in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
John Bramley Summit Entertainment

The hero of both the novel and the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a high school freshman loner named Charlie whose best friend committed suicide the previous spring. He's on psychiatric meds, lots of them, and still has blackouts and mysterious visions of a doting aunt who died when he was 7.

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9:53am

Fri September 21, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Sept. 20, 2012

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 11:25 am

Cliff Owen AP

September can't end soon enough for Mitt Romney, as a leaked video — and some disappointing poll numbers in swing states — add to his woes. Republicans, trying to win a Senate majority, get some surprise encouragement in Connecticut.

But new polling in Virginia is problematic, and news out of Indiana and Wisconsin brings cheers to Democrats.

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9:24am

Fri September 21, 2012

9:23am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Picture Show

Amazing Art From Ivory, But At An Extreme Expense

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:21 pm

"A sculpture like this can take a master carver years to produce. Front and center are the popular Taoist gods Shou, Lu and Fu — symbols of long life, money, and luck. 'We hope — no, we insist — we can continue to protect these skills,' says Wang Shan, secretary-general of the China Arts and Crafts Association."
Brent Stirton National Geographic

My immediate response to the intricate carvings in these photos is awe — maybe even admiration. I can't believe they are made by hand from one solid piece of material. With such detail and complexity, I can see why they would be coveted and sold at a high price.

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6:04am

Fri September 21, 2012
Movie Interviews

Jake Gyllenhaal On The Rewards Of Role Research

To prepare for his role as Officer Brian Taylor in End of Watch, actor Jake Gyllenhaal did ride-alongs with law enforcement.
Scott Garfield Open Road Films

The new police drama End of Watch puts two beat cops in the middle of escalating danger when a violent drug cartel begins operating in a South L.A. neighborhood.

The cops are patrol partners played by actors Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal. The characters' cop-car friendship is one that extends beyond their jobs. The nature of their work makes them more like brothers, something director David Ayer pushed to bring alive on the screen.

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5:11am

Fri September 21, 2012
Media

Smaller Audience, Bigger Payoff For Glenn Beck

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 3:43 pm

Since leaving Fox News in 2011, Glenn Beck has found his way back to TV. His Internet television network, The Blaze TV, is now available to subscribers of the Dish Network.
Kris Connor Getty Images for Dish Network

By the time Glenn Beck left the Fox News Channel in June 2011, both sides seemed ready, even eager, to part ways. Beck announced he would move on to bigger and grander ventures with his own production company, Mercury Radio Arts, but some media critics, such as Variety's Brian Lowry, shrugged then and since.

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5:52pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Movie Reviews

Bullets And Buddies On The Streets Of South Central

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 6:53 pm

Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) become the targets of a drug cartel in End of Watch.
Scott Garfield Open Road Films

Street gangs, drugs and the Los Angeles Police Department have been ingredients in so many police thrillers that it's hard to imagine a filmmaker coming up with a fresh take — though that hasn't stopped writer-director David Ayer from trying. He's made four cops-'n'-cartels dramas since his Oscar-winning Training Day a decade ago; the latest, End of Watch, easily qualifies as the most resonant.

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5:49pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Cop Drama That's Hard To 'Watch' (In The Best Way)

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 2:15 am

Officers Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) and Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tangle with a vicious drug cartel in End of Watch.
Scott Garfield Open Road Films

Cop dramas may be a dime a dozen, but David Ayer's End of Watch is one of a kind: The picture is by turns clever, compelling and unconscionable, so artful in its artifice that sometimes it almost fools you into believing that it's reality.

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5:06pm

Thu September 20, 2012
Digital Life

Vimeo's Virtual Tip Jar Invites Viewers To Chip In

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 6:04 pm

The video sharing site Vimeo has added a feature that invites users to chip in to support the filmmakers they like.
Vimeo

From teenagers strumming guitars in their bedrooms to big studio executives in Hollywood, there are a lot of people trying to figure out how to make money from online videos. The video-sharing site Vimeo has just added to their site a feature with a time-tested history in the real world — a virtual tip jar.

Electric-bass player Brian Compton has been a musician for 20 years. He plays with a three-piece band on a San Francisco street corner and hopes for tips from afternoon commuters. He estimates that less than 1 percent of passersby actually leave a tip.

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