Arts

2:31am

Tue October 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

A Lively Mind: Your Brain On Jane Austen

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 10:35 am

Matt Langione, a subject in the study, reads Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Results from the study suggest that blood flow in the brain differs during leisurely and critical reading activities.
L.A. Cicero Stanford University

At a recent academic conference, Michigan State University professor Natalie Phillips stole a glance around the room. A speaker was talking but the audience was fidgety. Some people were conferring among themselves, or reading notes. One person had dozed off.

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5:38pm

Mon October 8, 2012
'Another Thing': Test Your Clever Skills

'Another Thing': Singing The Housework Blues

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 9:38 pm

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Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.

This week's challenge: A study out of Norway found that couples who split the chores equally are 50 percent more likely to divorce.

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7:03am

Mon October 8, 2012
Three Books...

Disaster Strikes! Three Books Where Things Go Awry

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Things go wrong in most stories. It would be a dull plot that did not include an upset, a setback or an obstacle.

But it takes a special kind of reversal to turn one of these plots into a black comedy. Often it's a tiny slip that becomes a vortex of disaster; sometimes it's a growing avalanche of humiliation.

But it's always hewn from the stuff of everyday life, which we see transformed into a minefield using only the slightest shift in perspective. And it allows us to laugh while giving thanks it's not happening to us.

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7:03am

Mon October 8, 2012
New In Paperback

New In Paperback Oct. 8-14

Back Bay Books

Fiction and nonfiction releases from Daniel Woodrell, Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, Susan Orlean and Wade Davis.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:39pm

Sun October 7, 2012
Games & Humor

Three-Minute Fiction: 'No Down Time'

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 8:11 pm

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Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction. The new judge this round is thriller writer Brad Meltzer. And the new challenge this round, participants had to write a story in 600 words or less that revolved around a U.S. President--fictional or real. Nearly 4,000 storied were submitted. Host Guy Raz presents one of the favorites selected by our readers, "No Down Time" by Fiona Von Siemens of Los Angeles, Calif. You can read the full stories below along with other stories at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction.

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2:52pm

Sun October 7, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Queen Latifah Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 10:21 pm

Sally Field and Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias.
The Kobal Collection

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For actress Queen Latifah, whose credits include Living Out Loud, Chicago, Beauty Shop and the new Lifetime TV remake of Steel Magnolias, the movie she could watch a million times is 1989's Steel Magnolias.

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2:38pm

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

The Wild Adventure Continues In 'Under Wildwood'

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 2:04 pm

Precocious seventh grader Prue McKeel looks over a City of Moles under siege in a scene from Under Wildwood.
Carson Ellis Balzer & Bray

Colin Meloy is best known as the front man for the band the Decemberists. His music is praised for its lyrical quality and the stories the songs tell, so it may not be a surprise to learn Meloy is also a writer.

His newest book is a collaboration with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. The book is intended for young readers, the second in a series called Wildwood Chronicles.

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7:55am

Sun October 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Thousands Hold Fast To Tradition Of Oral Storytelling

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 1:24 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Before Twitter, radio, even electricity - in fact, going all the way back to pre-historic times, people gathered around fires to listen to stories. Even though the glow of computers has replaced the warmth of the campfire for most of us, some folks still hold fast to the tradition of oral storytelling.

As Missy Shelton reports, nearly 10,000 people have gathered this weekend for the National Storytelling Festival in northeast Tennessee to hear professional tellers weave some good yarns.

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6:15am

Sun October 7, 2012
The Picture Show

Catching The 'Shadow' Of A Lost World

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 1:24 pm

Wedding party, 1914. A still from the film In the Land of the Head Hunters, in which Curtis sought to re-create a mythic story of the Kwakiutl.
Edward Curtis Library of Congress

Photographer Edward Curtis started off his career at the tail end of the 19th century, making portraits of Seattle's wealthiest citizens. But a preoccupation with Native Americans and a chance encounter on a mountaintop triggered an idea: Curtis decided to chronicle the experience of the vanishing tribes — all of them. It was an unbelievably ambitious project that would define Curtis, his work and his legacy.

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6:11am

Sun October 7, 2012
Author Interviews

'Wooden Floors' Pack Hidden Thrill In Author's Debut

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 1:24 pm

Wooden floor and chair
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Housesitting is a delicate chore. It involves inhabiting someone else's home — their personal space, watching over their stuff — and sticking to the Boy Scouts' creed to leave no trace. That's pretty much the opposite of what happens in Will Wiles' debut novel, Care of Wooden Floors. It's the story of an already strained friendship pushed to the breaking point by a housesitting favor gone terribly, terribly wrong.

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