Arts

6:23am

Mon December 24, 2012
Author Interviews

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson Revives 'Peter Rabit'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:34 am

After more than 80 years, Emma Thompson's The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit brings Beatrix Potter's beloved character back for a romp around the Scottish countryside — and lots of rule breaking. Thompson says Peter Rabbit's "disrespect for authority" is one of the things she loves about him. (This piece initially aired on October 11, 2012 on Morning Edition.)

3:17am

Mon December 24, 2012
NPR's Holiday Favorites

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:30 am

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You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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5:02pm

Sun December 23, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Guy Raz Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 1:43 pm

Jack Black in Richard Linklater's School of Rock
Andrew Schwartz PARAMOUNT

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

On his last day hosting weekends on All Things Considered, Guy Raz tells us about the movie that he could watch a million times, Richard Linklater's School of Rock.

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4:55am

Sun December 23, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Unwrap 'Christmas' For Your Gift

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 12:41 pm

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a word that can be formed from the letters of "Christmas." You'll be given two words as clues. The first one can precede the answer word, and the second one can follow it — in each case to complete a compound word or familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "forward" and "madness," the answer would be "march" (as in "forward march" and "March Madness").

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5:11pm

Sat December 22, 2012
The Salt

The 'Bitter' Tale Of The Budweiser Family

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 9:05 am

August A. Busch (center) and his sons, Adolphus III (left) and August Jr., seal the first case of beer off the Anheuser-Busch bottling plant line in St. Louis on April 7, 1933, when the sale of low-alcohol beers and wines was once again legal. Prohibition didn't officially end until Dec. 5 of that year.
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For nearly 150 years the world-renowned beer manufacturer Anheuser-Busch was a family company. It was passed from father to son for five generations. A couple drops of Budweiser were put onto the tongue of each first-born son before he even tasted his mother's milk. That trademark brew, Budweiser, is known to the world as the "King of Beers," and the Busch family wasn't too far from American royalty.

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5:01pm

Sat December 22, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie John Hawkes Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 7:28 pm

James Stewart, as George Bailey, hugs Karolyn Grimes, who plays his daughter Zuzu, in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actor John Hawkes, whose credits include Deadwood, Me And You And Everyone We Know, Winter's Bone and The Sessions, currently in theaters, the movie he could watch a million times is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life.

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5:39am

Sat December 22, 2012
Recipes

When Life Gives You Snow, Make Snow Cream

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 3:05 pm

Snow cream, ice cream made from fresh snow, is a bit of a tradition in North Carolina, though snowfalls aren't common.
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There's snow across much of the country this weekend. In eastern North Carolina, where it doesn't snow a lot, snowflakes are an occasion for some folks to flock outside, scooping up what falls to make "snow cream."

That's ice cream made from fresh snow — but you have to mix it fast, before it melts.

Chloe Tuttle runs a bed and breakfast in Williamston, N.C., and she's a bit of an expert on snow cream. She tells Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon the trick is to use soft, freshly fallen snow.

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5:39am

Sat December 22, 2012
Arts & Life

The Joy Of Salt Licking: Contest Turns Farm Animals Into Fine Artists

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 11:40 am

Sculptures entered in the Great Salt Lick Contest await the judging and auction.
Taki Telonidis

Whit Deschner stands in the middle of a pasture outside of Baker, Ore., probably 30 or 40 feet away from a black cow licking a white salt block.

To most of us, this may look like a bucolic scene from ranch country, a smattering of black cattle on a vast field that spreads toward distant mountains. But, for Deshner, it's art in the making.

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8:14pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Actor And Comedian Fred Armisen Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 11:37 am

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Fred Armisen is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, a star and writer of Portlandia on IFC, a former drummer in a bunch of punk rock bands, and for a while, the world's preeminent Barack Obama imitator.

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4:45pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Movie Interviews

Tom Hooper On The Magic Of 'Les Miserables'

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:43 pm

Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for best director for The King's Speech last year.
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One of the world's most beloved musicals is now a movie. Les Miserables was spun from the epic 19th century novel by Victor Hugo. It's a story about the desperately poor underclass in Paris.

The protagonist, the ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, is hunted by the merciless Inspector Javert. It's about morality, revolution and, of course, love.

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