Arts

7:08am

Sat July 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

One set of knuckles meets another. Both are equal in this greeting that expresses approval and triumph.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Back in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama launched a media storm when he nonchalantly fist bumped his wife Michelle. "Obama's Fist-bump Rocks The Nation!: The Huffington Post exclaimed. "Is the fist bump the new high-five?" NPR's Laura Silverman asked.

Obama has done it again.

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5:47am

Sat July 19, 2014
Theater

With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 8:40 pm

Lizan Mitchell (left) as the wealthy and crotchety Carolyn and N.L. Graham as Veronika, her nurse, in the play Dead and Breathing.
Seth Freeman

The play Dead and Breathing begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.

The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.

It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. 3.

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8:34pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:10 pm

Richard Drew AP

Twenty years ago, chef Thomas Keller bought a little restaurant in Napa Valley called The French Laundry and transformed it into one of the finest restaurants in the country. He's inspired countless other chefs, consulted on the film Ratatouille, opened other award-winning restaurants, and convinced people to pay $100 for a corn pudding appetizer.

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5:35pm

Fri July 18, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

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I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's Arizona Daily Star reads, "Immigration tension boils over in Oracle." It's subtitled "Protesters, supporters, clash; bus carrying children fails to show."

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4:54pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Movie Reviews

In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Zach Braff directs and stars in Wish I Was Here -- the followup to Garden State -- as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor and father to two kids, Grace and Tucker, played respectively by Joey King and Pierce Gagnon.
Merie Weismiller Wallace Focus Features

It seems pretty clear what Zach Braff is up to. Ten years after his breakout debut as a writer/director, Garden State, Braff has returned with Wish I Was Here, a partially Kickstarter-funded film that is neither a sequel nor a remake, but feels as much like both of those as a film with no narrative connection to Garden State possibly could.

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4:40pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Movie Interviews

In New Film, Zach Braff Asks: How Long Can You Pursue Your Dreams?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

In Wish I Was Here, Braff plays a father who embarks on a chaotic attempt to home-school his kids, Tucker (Pierce Gagnon ) and Grace (Joey King).
Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP Focus Features

Zach Braff is currently performing on Broadway, and for a time he starred in the TV comedy Scrubs. But he's also known for directing and starring in the 2004 film Garden State, a model of 20-something angst.

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4:40pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Pop Culture

So, Thor Is A Woman And Cap Is Black: Is This A Big Deal Or Not?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 7:54 pm

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4:40pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Movie Interviews

'Newburgh Sting': Terrorist Cell, Or Group Sold On A Trap By FBI?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 5:47 pm

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner discuss their new documentary The Newburgh Sting, which covers the FBI investigation and conviction of four American men for plotting an act of domestic terrorism.

8:42am

Fri July 18, 2014
TED Radio Hour

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 9:08 am

"Success motivates us, but a near-win can propel us in an ongoing quest" — Sarah Lewis
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Sarah Lewis' TEDTalk

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

About Sarah Lewis

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8:42am

Fri July 18, 2014
TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 2:35 pm

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad
Marla Aufmuth TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

About Diana Nyad

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