Arts

9:48am

Fri August 14, 2015
TED Radio Hour

When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

"I think some people do know how to do it! I wasn't one of those people." — Julia Sweeney
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Julia Sweeney's TED Talk

Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.

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7:03am

Fri August 14, 2015
Code Switch

Walter Mosley: Watts Riots 'Paved The Way For A Lot Of Change'

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 9:44 am

Author Walter Mosley in front of his childhood home in the LA neighborhood of Watts. He's standing with his father.
Courtesy of Walter Mosley

In this season of anger in many black communities that are reacting to police brutality, we're remembering the largest urban riot of the civil rights era.

Fifty years ago this week in Los Angeles, the African-American neighborhood of Watts exploded after a young black man was arrested for drunken driving. His mother scuffled with officers and was also arrested, all of which drew an increasingly hostile crowd.

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5:18pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'Straight Outta Compton,' Hip-Hop Legends Get The Biopic Treatment

MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), DJ Yella (Neil Brown, Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) form the NWA hip hop group in Straight Outta Compton.
Jaimie Trueblood Courtesy of Universal Pictures

"I can make you legit."

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5:05pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Funny And Sexy Adaptation Of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 5:06 pm

Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander,) Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer,) and Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) in a scene from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Daniel Smith Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a period adventure film. It has periods of international intrigue and periods of sexy comedy. Basically, it has a lot of periods. Even in this benighted age of wantonly colon-ized movie titles, U.N.C.L.E. stands out as the most punctuated picture of the year.

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5:03pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Movie Reviews

Generation Y Satire Meets Screwball Comedy In 'Mistress America'

Brooke (Greta Gerwig) takes Tracy (Lola Kirke) under her wing in Mistress America.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Brooke is a New York spin-class instructor who plans to open a restaurant that will also be a hair salon and a community center, and furthermore has an idea for a TV show called Mistress America. This sort of aspirational multi-tasking is also characteristic of the movie that shares the name of the imaginary TV program: It's a contemporary Gen-Y satire, a throwback screwball comedy, and a notebook of random jottings by writer-director Noah Baumbach and writer-star Greta Gerwig, all stuffed into 84 minutes.

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5:02pm

Thu August 13, 2015
The Salt

Party Of 1: We Are Eating A Lot Of Meals Alone

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 12:15 pm

Communal meals are woven into our DNA. But eating alone is no longer a social taboo.
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Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher, once likened eating alone to "leading the life of a lion or wolf." This philosopher of pleasures, it seems, was a big fan of companionship. Communal meals are woven into our DNA.

But a lot of us are lone wolves these days when it comes to dining. New research finds 46 percent of adult eating occasions — that's meals and snacks — are undertaken alone.

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4:59pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Latin America

Poet Richard Blanco On U.S., Cuba: 'We All Belong To The Sea Between Us'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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4:53pm

Thu August 13, 2015
NPR Ed

As 'Sesame Street' Heads To HBO, Will Low-Income Kids Lose Out?

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 2:04 pm

Big Bird, played by puppeteer Caroll Spinney, reads to Connor Scott and Tiffany Jiao during a taping of Sesame Street in 2008 in New York
Mark Lennihan AP

Will Grover's promotion to HBO be good for kids?

Elmo, Snuffy, Grover and Big Bird could soon hit the HBO after-parties alongside Tyrion Lannister and the ethically challenged cops from True Detective.

Promising a win-win for kids and quality children's programming, HBO, the nonprofit Sesame Workshop and PBS have announced that new Sesame Street episodes will move to HBO and its streaming service HBO GO this fall.

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4:43pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Media

In Twitter Rant, Tinder Blasts 'Vanity Fair' Article On New York Dating Culture

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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4:16pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Television

'Sesame Street' To Air Next 5 Seasons On HBO

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:14 am

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