Arts

9:50am

Tue January 1, 2013
Monkey See

2012 In Review: 50 Wonderful Things From The Year In Pop Culture

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 10:08 am

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) in the pivotal Mad Men episode, "The Other Woman."
AMC

9:03am

Tue January 1, 2013
The Salt

Drinks, Diets And Meat: Hits Of 2012, Predictions For 2013

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:19 am

Some of The Salt's most popular posts of 2012 included coffee, pink slime and Downton Abbey.
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As the new year begins, we here at The Salt are looking back at the food topics that got you talking in 2012, and pondering which conversations will continue in 2013. (And, like many of you, we're also firmly swearing off the holiday cookies.) So, instead, feast your eyes on this roundup of our top stories from the past 12 months:

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3:04am

Tue January 1, 2013
Southword

Coming Home — And Out — In The South

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:17 pm

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington, D.C.
Dave Anderson Oxford American magazine

Many years ago, a young Chad Griffin left his hometown of Arkadelphia, Ark., to pursue a career in politics. Today, he's the newest head of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — a powerful gay rights group based in Washington, D.C.

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3:53pm

Mon December 31, 2012
Monkey See

Bob Mondello's Best Movies Of 2012

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:41 pm

Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman), Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) show that nothing can stand in the way of young love in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.
Niko Tavernise Focus Features

A lot of movie box-office records fell in 2012. The comic-book blockbuster The Avengers had the biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history. Skyfall will be the first James Bond film to top $1 billion worldwide. And the box-office year as a whole is easily the movie industry's biggest ever. But what about quality? Perhaps surprisingly, the news is good there, too.

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11:50am

Mon December 31, 2012
Books

Diana Vreeland's Rise To 'Empress Of Fashion'

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 12:00 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is under the weather. Despite challenging economic times, many of us will dress up for New Year's Eve. Over the next few minutes, we'll focus on the unique history of American fashion. Coming up, a discussion about why fashion is so important for many African-American men.

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11:50am

Mon December 31, 2012
Arts & Life

Why Black Men Tend To Be Fashion Kings

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 5:38 pm

Tell Me More intern Azmi Abusam
Amy Ta NPR

For many, style is much deeper than articles of clothing; it's a statement of identity. Black men have a unique relationship with fashion, one that can be traced all the way back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Monica L. Miller, the author of Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity, spoke with Tell Me More's Michel Martin about the past, present and future of black men's fashion.

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11:14am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Salt

Green Grapes And Red Underwear: A Spanish New Year's Eve

Ringing in the New Year in Spain requires eating a dozen grapes and wearing a very specific kind of undergarment.
Jeff Koehler

If the thought of watching the ball drop in Times Square again is already making you yawn, consider perking your New Year's Eve celebration with this tradition from Spain: As midnight nears on Nochevieja, or "old night," the last day of the year, the entire country gathers in front of television screens or in town squares, clutching a small bowl of green grapes and wearing red underwear. More on the underwear later.

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10:21am

Mon December 31, 2012
Movie Interviews

The Hobbit Filmmaker Turns To Crime Documentary

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:03am

Mon December 31, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

A Dangerous World of Hackers And Ninjas

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 1:29 pm

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Nick Harkaway is the author of Angelmaker.

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3:31am

Mon December 31, 2012
Books

Listen Up! Audiobooks For Every Taste

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 5:46 am

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  • Hear an excerpt of 'Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power'

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the holiday rush — too swamped, even, to spend an afternoon reading those books you got for Christmas, we have some recommendations for you — but these are audiobooks, so you can listen while you multitask.

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