Arts

8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Author Interviews

'The Gracekeepers' Sets Damplings Against The Landlockers

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

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8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Music Interviews

Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

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There are a few musical riffs that are seared into my childhood memories - the opening bars of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, the big chorus from "Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton-John and this.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ELVIRA")

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8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Television

'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

Watching Joan (Christina Hendricks, left) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) navigate the sexism of a 1960s ad agency is part of what has kept audiences hooked on Mad Men.
MIchael Yarish AMC

Editor's note: This conversation discusses plot points from the seventh season of Mad Men.

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8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

A Puzzle That Takes You Around The Globe

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

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On-air challenge: This week's on-air puzzle is similar to last week's, only a little harder. Every answer is the name of a country. For each word given, ignore the vowels. The consonants, in order from left to right, are the same consonants in the same order as in the country. For example, given the word "omelet," the answer is "Malta."

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6:14pm

Sat May 16, 2015
Monkey See

Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:12 am

Ariel Zambelich NPR

When budding TV personality Chris Harrison walked into the offices of ABC back in 2000, he didn't expect much.

The network wanted to jump on the new trend of reality competition shows, and had asked him to host a dating show, where one man would cull through a group of 25 women through a series of dates and cocktail parties, ultimately proposing to one final suitor. It was called The Bachelor.

"I was hoping [the show] would last a few hours," Harrison jokes. "I would meet someone at the network, and it would lead to a real job."

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6:14pm

Sat May 16, 2015
Music Interviews

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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9:10am

Sat May 16, 2015
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Tony Robbins Gets Quizzed On Laziness

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 5:12 pm

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, shown in California in 2010, is the author of numerous self-help books. His latest is Money.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Tony Robbins has been traveling the world for decades giving his intensive three-day seminars on improving your life, and he's written a number of best-selling books.

The life coach is famous as a go-getter. So we invited him to answer three questions about stay-putters — incredibly lazy people.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Performing Arts

Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Music Interviews

In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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Bhi Bhiman grew up in St. Louis. He played baseball. He listened to Michael Jackson. He watched "Back To The Future." He grew interested in music, and today, Bhi Bhiman writes and sings songs that have an international character.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Dance

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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