Arts

6:39am

Sun November 11, 2012
Movie Interviews

'A Royal Affair' That Grew A Danish Revolution

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 12:36 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time, now, another story you have probably never heard before; this one though, absolutely true.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

NIKOLAJ ARCEL: There's this young, beautiful British princess. She's married off to a king in Denmark who she hasn't even met.

MARTIN: This is Nikolaj Arcel. He's a Danish filmmaker. And his latest movie is about the king of Denmark back in the late 1700s, and of course, that beautiful princess who is shipped off to a foreign land.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "A ROYAL AFFAIR")

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6:39am

Sun November 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Philip Pullman: Rewriting The Brothers Grimm

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 12:02 pm

Courtesy of Viking

Two hundred years after the Brothers Grimm first published Children's and Household Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are getting another rewrite.

Philip Pullman, who wrote The Golden Compass of the young-adult fantasy series His Dark Materials, took on the challenge of retelling 50 of the original Grimm stories for his latest book, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

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5:46am

Sun November 11, 2012
Author Interviews

'Heat' Imagines Life After 'Madame Butterfly'

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 12:36 pm

The second act of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly opens with the aching aria "Un Bel Di," one of the most famous in the Italian repertoire. Onstage, an abandoned young woman sings longingly for "one fine day" when her lover might return to her and their young son in Nagasaki, Japan.

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5:31am

Sun November 11, 2012
Books

On Veterans Day, Stories Of Heroes And Homecoming

This Veterans Day, NPR Books went into the archives to find stories of combat and coping. A mother describes the emotional minefield of having a child at war, a Marine writes a memoir of a mortuary, and a photojournalist pays tribute to two centuries of Native-Americans in the military.

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3:33am

Sun November 11, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Saluting The Flag

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 12:36 pm

NPR Graphic

On-air challenge: Sunday is Veterans Day, so we have a game of categories based on flags. Given some categories, for each one name something in the category beginning with each of the letters F, L, A, G and S.

For example, if the category were chemical elements, you might say fluorine, lead, argon, gold and sulfur.

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4:27pm

Sat November 10, 2012
Author Interviews

A Tale Of Fate: From Astrology To Astronomy

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 12:44 pm

When Katherine Marsh was a young girl, she was mesmerized by the dwarfs of Diego Velazquez's paintings. Years later, that obsession inspired Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, her latest novel for young adults.

Marsh joins NPR's Guy Raz to discuss her book, which is rooted in history, yet speckled with fantasy. It carries her readers to the Spanish Netherlands in the late 16th century to tell the coming-of-age story of Jepp of Astraveld.


Interview Highlights

On Jepp's story

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4:23pm

Sat November 10, 2012
Movies

Hearing History In The Sounds Of 'Lincoln'

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 8:23 pm

Lincoln follows the president in the last few months of his life.
DreamWorks

In the new movie Lincoln, actor Daniel Day-Lewis is getting a lot of attention for his spot-on portrayal of the 16th president. But Ben Burtt, the sound designer, also deserves credit for the film's authenticity. You may not know his name, but you surely know his work.

Burtt is something of a legend in the movie sound world. He has won numerous Oscars, including for his work on Star Wars.

Burtt invented that iconic swoosh of the light saber, using the hum of an old projector and the buzz of a television set.

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3:42pm

Sat November 10, 2012
The Picture Show

The Waning Art Of The Projectionist

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 5:02 pm

Projectionist Ed Ko at New York City's Film Forum. Ed has been projecting at Film Forum longer than any other projectionist there.
Joseph O. Holmes

Do you ever look up at the tiny window at the back of the movie theater and wonder who's up there? Photographer Joseph O. Holmes has followed the flickering light to find out.

"I've always had this fascination with private work spaces," he says on the phone.

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7:33am

Sat November 10, 2012
Movie Interviews

Propelled By Climate Change, Activist Is Drawn To Ice

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 11:29 am

James Balog poses on the Columbia Glacier in Alaska with two EIS time-lapse cameras in 2009.
Tad Pfeffer Extreme Ice Survey

Superstorm Sandy has put the topic of climate change front and center once again.

Just after Sandy staggered his city, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote "Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week's devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."

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7:33am

Sat November 10, 2012
Author Interviews

B-Movies And Bombshells: A Hollywood 'Entertainer'

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 11:29 am

Lyle Talbot began his career as an itinerant carnival and vaudeville performer before eventually making his way to Hollywood.
Courtesy of Margaret Talbot

Lyle Talbot was born in 1902, just around the time when movies were getting started. He joined a traveling carnival, toured in theater troupes and wound up in Hollywood, where he became a reliable B-movie player. Eventually, Talbot became a fixture of family-friendly television on Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet.

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