Arts

4:06pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 10:29 am

A Man Of Misconceptions by John Glassie.
Riverhead Hardcover

Back in the 17th century, right around the time when the ideas of great thinkers like Descartes and Newton and Hobbes began to shape the world, a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher also tried to make his mark.

Kircher was something of a jack-of-all-trades. He wrote more than 30 books; he was a philosopher, an inventor, a historian, a scientist. Back in his day, everyone knew about him. But it didn't help his reputation that many of his theories and inventions just couldn't hold water.

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1:56pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Movies

Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 7:23 am

The pint-sized pros of I.S. 318 are kings of the chess board (and have the trophies to prove it).
Producers Distribution Agency

There's a public middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y., called Intermediate School 318, or I.S. 318. Like others in the area, it's a Title I school, which means it has a poverty level that's more than 65 percent. But unlike other schools, it's got the highest-ranked junior-high chess team in the nation. In fact, Brooklyn IS 3-18 has won more than 30 national chess titles.

I.S. 318 is the subject of a new documentary called Brooklyn Castle. The film has picked up audience awards at the SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals.

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12:59pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Books News & Features

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 5:53 pm

Craig Small via Vimeo

Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey's Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea.

He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — "old and unusual" all, as the store's motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register.

It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine.

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6:41am

Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

Relationships, Short And Sweet, In 'Married Love'

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 7:04 am

Host Rachel Martin speaks with British writer Tessa Hadley about her new collection of short stories, Married Love and Other Stories. Hadley teaches creative writing at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and her stories regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine.

6:41am

Sun November 18, 2012
Food

Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 3:48 pm

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Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor.

Soul food conjures up thoughts of rich dishes full of butter or gravy — comfort foods. But soul food comes out of one of America's darkest chapters. Chef Melba Wilson, owner of Melba's Restaurant and Melba's 125 in Harlem, N.Y., explains that the basis of the cooking comes from the food slave owners gave to slaves.

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6:08am

Sun November 18, 2012
Books

Inspecting The Trend Of Autistic-Spectrum Characters

Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are the authors of Colin Fischer.
Doug Hac

Tasha Robinson is the national associate editor for The A.V. Club.

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5:52am

Sun November 18, 2012
Food

The Veggieducken: A Meatless Dish With Gravitas

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 11:45 am

The Sporkful

Vegetarians don't need your sympathy on Thanksgiving, says Dan Pashman, host of a food podcast and blog called The Sporkful. Pashman is an omnivore, but he spoke to vegetarians and found "it actually makes them feel uncomfortable when a host goes to extreme lengths to make something special just for them."

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5:52am

Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 10:25 am

Joshua Lott Getty Images

Americans own an estimated 300 million guns. It's a level of gun ownership that no other country in the world comes close to matching. It's also a source of controversy in the U.S., where groups on both sides of the issue seem to have dug deep into the debate.

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5:52am

Sun November 18, 2012
Music Interviews

Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 7:04 am

Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
David McClister Courtesy of William Morrow

At nearly 80, Willie Nelson remains impressively prolific: lots of songs, lots of kids and, fittingly, lots of autobiographies. The country singer's latest memoir is called Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, after a song on his Heroes album, released earlier this year. Nelson says those seeking earth-shattering revelations about his life should look elsewhere; that wasn't his intention in writing the book.

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12:03am

Sun November 18, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Being Initially Famous

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 7:04 am

NPR Graphic

Special Note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for this week's puzzle is Wednesday by 3 p.m. Eastern.

On-air challenge: Each clue is a two- or three-word description of a famous person in which the initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person. For example, given the clue "Motown great," the answer would be Marvin Gaye.

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