Arts

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

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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.
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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

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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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3:52pm

Sat November 17, 2012
Movie Interviews

Ang Lee On 'Life Of Pi' And Being A Slave To Film

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:45 pm

Lost at sea, Pi (Suraj Sharma) Patel begins to make an extraordinary connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
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Director Ang Lee's new film, Life of Pi, tells the story of a 16-year-old Indian boy who is the lone survivor of a terrible shipwreck. Pi Patel finds himself lost at sea, alone on a boat with a Bengal tiger.

The film is based on Yann Martel's fantasy novel of the same name. The book won the 2002 Man Booker prize for fiction and was optioned to be turned into a film even though it was considered by many in Hollywood to be unfilmable: How do you make a movie that takes place almost entirely on a boat? And with a real tiger?

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7:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Lawgiver': Telling Moses' Story, Differently

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7:48am

Sat November 17, 2012
Food

For Calif. Family, It's Not Thanksgiving Without Rice

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:10 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

What does a two-time James Beard award-winning chef make every Thanksgiving? Well, if you're San Francisco's Traci Des Jardins, it's rice. Lisa Morehouse has our story.

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5:29am

Sat November 17, 2012
The Salt

It's Thanksgiving Already? How To Keep Calm And Cook On

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 2:43 pm

Picture-perfect turkey? Ours might not turn out quite like this one. And that's OK.
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Thanksgiving happens every year. Every year. Yet this big holiday manages to sneak up on us sometimes. Yes, it's a little early this year (November's fourth Thursday falls on the 22nd rather than, say, the 28th), and maybe those couple of extra shopping days before Christmas will be a good thing. But if you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it's scramble time.

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5:27am

Sat November 17, 2012
Author Interviews

What Makes A City 'Walkable' And Why It Matters

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:04 am

Watching Mary Tyler Moore while he was growing up, city planner Jeff Speck saw a different view of urbanity. It stood out amongst the crime-ridden urban settings of other favorite TV series.

Millenials, Speck says, have an even broader vision of what city life means, thanks in part to Seinfeld, Friends and Sex and the City.The neighborhood coffee shops and carless characters show viewers a "walkable" city.

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5:27am

Sat November 17, 2012
Movie Interviews

Tom Stoppard, On Adapting 'Anna' And Defining Love

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 7:48 am

Keira Knightly stars as the title character in Joe Wright's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
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Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina weighs in at close to 1,000 pages, whatever the translation. And since it appeared in the 1870s, it has often been acclaimed as one of the finest novels ever written. It's also been adapted for film or television at least a dozen times — including a sweeping and highly theatrical new version directed by Joe Wright.

Keira Knightley plays the unhappily married Anna, with Jude Law as her chilly, correct husband, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Count Vronsky, the dashing cavalry officer whose love for Anna leads to tragedy.

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5:27am

Sat November 17, 2012
Movies

Plummer Portrays One Of The Greats, Again

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 6:40 pm

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In 1942, the legendary actor John Barrymore prowled the stage of an empty Broadway theater to prepare for an audition. He wanted to revive his first great performance as Richard III, but that night, Barrymore also opened the traveling trunk of his overstuffed, fabulous and troubled life.

Christopher Plummer won the Tony Award for best actor for his performance of this lion of the stage. Now, he's committed that performance to film.

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