Arts

4:02pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Theater

Kathie Lee Gifford Takes Evangelism To Broadway

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Kathie Lee Gifford has had several careers - as a television personality, a singer and an actress. Now, she's added another credit to her resume. Last night, a musical she wrote opened on Broadway. It's called "Scandalous"; and it's about the flamboyant, controversial evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Jeff Lunden tells us more.

JEFF LUNDEN, BYLINE: In the 1930s, several years after her ministry was rocked by scandal, Aimee Semple McPherson brought her crusade to Broadway.

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1:55pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

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This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 8, 2012. On Wednesday, Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

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12:21pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Tis The Season For Oscar-Bait Adaptations

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Leo Tolstoy's Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams) and Anna (Keira Knightley) come to life in Joe Wright's adaptation of the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina.
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It's the sort of juxtaposition that often arises at this time of year: novel adaptations arriving in droves at movie theaters, hunting for Oscar nominations.

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical The Hobbit and Yann Martel's lifeboat adventure Life of Pi are coming soon, and this week Leo Tolstoy's romantic tragedy Anna Karenina goes head to head with Matthew Quick's romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.

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12:20pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Movie Reviews

In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Lawrence Is Golden

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:14 pm

Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker also help round out a team of actors who score a touchdown with the critics.
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The best thing about David O. Russell is that he cultivates his disequilibrium. In Silver Linings Playbook, his hero is disturbed and his heroine possibly more so, and his other characters have a grip on reality that is only marginally more secure. Russell might have made them seem the dreaded "q" word — quirky — and OK, he does, a bit, at the end, which broadly conforms to the rom-com template. But until then, Bradley Cooper's Pat Solatano is someone you'd be less likely to dream about than get a restraining order against.

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12:05pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Author Interviews

'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:55 pm

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This interview was originally broadcast on Fresh Air on March 26, 2012. When God Talks Back was released in paperback on Nov. 13.

While attending services and small group meetings at The Vineyard, an evangelical church with 600 branches across the country, anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann noticed that several members of the congregation said God had repeatedly spoken to them and that they had heard what God wanted them to do.

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12:03pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of November 15, 2012

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Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior takes a stand on climate change. It debuts at No. 1.

10:35am

Fri November 16, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Let's Talk Turkey

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:13 pm

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It's Thanksgiving time again, and while we're very sad to be without our pal Glen Weldon this week, we're happy to be joined by the lovely Barrie Hardymon.

We start with a discussion of Thanksgiving and pop culture — and, more specifically, why there's not as much Thanksgiving-themed pop culture as you might think, particularly compared to Christmas. We explore the turkey episodes of Friends and other comedies, but talk a little about the surprising dearth of Thanksgiving movies.

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9:07am

Fri November 16, 2012
Monkey See

Eric Idle: A Python In Winter

British comedian Eric Idle performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games in August.
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At the beginning of What About Dick?, a stage performance released this week as a digital download, writer/performer Eric Idle announces that the audience will be witnessing "Aural Cinema." The story — a tangential, broadly comic yarn involving the decline of the British Empire and "the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898" — is to be performed in the style of a radio play, with the actors (Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Tim Curry and Tracey Ullman, to name five) reading their parts from scripts into

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3:19am

Fri November 16, 2012
Susan Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Tradition

A 'Splendid Table' Set With Mama Stamberg's Relish

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:40 am

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Lynne Rossetto Kasper's The Splendid Table is a show for people who love to eat. Every week, on many public radio stations, Lynne and guests give recipes, history lessons and background on various edibles. And on Thanksgiving Day, she does a live two-hour call-in show, helping listeners with the Big Meal. Sometimes Lynne gets desperate callers — but she seems able to calm them down.

"We save just about anything," Kasper says. "I'm not saying it's always the greatest save, but we give it a shot"

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3:19am

Fri November 16, 2012
Movie Interviews

Director Joe Wright On Tolstoy's Iconic Adultress

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:47 am

Director Joe Wright has directed just four full-length features, but he has already made his mark on Hollywood with hits like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.
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Leo Tolstoy's epic novel Anna Karenina has captivated readers since the 1800s — and movie directors have been among the intrigued, adapting the story over and over.

The latest is from director Joe Wright, who with Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to his credit certainly knows his way around a literary adaptation. Those films starred Keira Knightley, who has worked with Wright once again as the story's tragic heroine.

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