Arts

7:59pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Ambassador Peter Westmacott Plays Not My Job

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 11:39 am

Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

We do what damage we can on this show, but it's not often we get the chance to cause a real international incident. So we're very excited that Sir Peter Westmacott, Great Britain's ambassador to the U.S., has agreed to play our game called "No homework, extended naps and eight hours of recess!"

A lot of big-time politicians got their start as little politicians, running for the student council. We'll ask Westmacott three questions about strange doings in the school halls of power.

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3:05pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 23, 2012

Phillippa Gregory's The Kingmaker's Daughter, about 15th century power struggles, debuts at No. 12.

3:00pm

Fri August 24, 2012
The Picture Show

Finding The Beauty In At-Risk Teens

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 2:15 pm

Zoey. From the series At Risk, With Promise.
Courtesy of Amy Anderson

There is a sad, angsty, misunderstood teenager in all of us. Some of us are just better at letting it show.

So no matter how far past your teenage years you may be, Amy Anderson's portraits of at-risk teens in Minnesota may take you back to that time in your life when you wished the world could see you differently.

"I'm trying to show these kids in a way that most people don't see teenagers at all," she said. "So many teenagers feel disconnected and don't see the potential, beauty and value in themselves."

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2:27pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Monkey See

'Project Runway' And The Designer Who Looked Even Worse Than His Clothes

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:04 pm

Designer Ven Budhu, seen here on a previous episode, got in big trouble on last night's Project Runway.
Lifetime

[Contains information about last night's episode.]

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12:48pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Movie Reviews

How Brazil Lives Now, In 'Neighboring Sounds'

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 4:39 pm

Joao (Gustavo Jahn) and Sofia (Irma Brown) are among the inhabitants of the Recife, Brazil, street where Neighboring Sounds takes place.
Victor Juca Cinema Guild

Between mass tourism and the Internet, it's never been easier to learn about other cultures. Yet we often stay on the surface. Watching the Olympics opening ceremony a few weeks ago, I was struck by how much of what was presented as quintessential Britishness came from pop culture — James Bond and Mary Poppins and the chorus to "Hey Jude." Although Britain had a global empire not that long ago, the show's director, Danny Boyle, grasped that the world's image of his green and pleasant land now largely derives from movies and songs.

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12:17pm

Fri August 24, 2012
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sidekicks, Holograms, And PCHH 101

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On this week's show, it's time to talk about the supporting characters who are getting their own stories — just like Judd Apatow is doing for Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters in This Is 40. If you can't get behind Glen's spin-off idea from the world's most studly franchise, then I just don't know what to say to you, because frankly, it's brilliant.

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11:29am

Fri August 24, 2012
Author Interviews

'Incognito': What's Hiding In The Unconscious Mind

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 12:48 pm

Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and writer. He directs the Laboratory of Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine.
Sharon Steinmann Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas, Houston Medical School

This interview was originally broadcast on May 31, 2011. David Eagleman's Incognito is now out in paperback.

Your brain doesn't like to keep secrets. Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, have shown that writing down secrets in a journal or telling a doctor your secrets actually decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. Keeping a secret, meanwhile, does the opposite.

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11:05am

Fri August 24, 2012
The Salt

Arty Students, Not Party Students, Are Champs Of Late-Night Food Delivery

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:55 am

Art students rule the campus late-night delivery field. Maybe they're studying the packages.
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Millions of college students are heading back to campus soon, and as any parent footing the bill knows, they're hungry for more than just knowledge — they want food, and lots of it, at all hours.

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3:15am

Fri August 24, 2012
Books

Searching For 'Bernadette' In The Wilds Of Seattle

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:56 am

The narrator of Maria Semple's newest book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, is 15-year-old Bee Fox. She's a nice kid, a good musician and a great student. In fact, she's such a great student that her parents have promised her anything she wants — and she chooses a family trip to Antarctica.

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6:12pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Movie Reviews

'Rush' Job: A Wily Courier Navigates New York's Maze

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself carrying a package that leads to a perilous chase.
Sarah Shatz Sony Pictures

A character we've yet to meet flies through the air in slow motion, above a busy New York street, arms and legs splayed. He's wearing a bike helmet, which is a good thing — because as The Who's "Baba O'Riley" pulses in the background and numbers come up on the screen telling us it's 6:33 p.m., he lands with a thud on the pavement.

For a second or two, he lies there staring — at a car careering toward him, a woman mouthing his name, a bike that lies crumpled at his side. You might want to take those moments to catch your breath. You won't be offered many other chances.

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