Arts

4:16pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Arts & Life

The Compton You Haven't Seen On Screen

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:40 pm

Since the 1980s, the image of Compton has been shaped around the world by rap groups like N.W.A and movies like Straight Outta Compton, a new film that depicts the group's rise in the chaotic 1980s and 1990s. These murals at Compton City Hall promote an image overhaul: "Birthing a New Compton."
Corey Takahashi for NPR

Straight Outta Compton is a music biopic that captures the dramatic rise and evolution of rap supergroup N.W.A. But there's one character that doesn't change much in the film, and that is the city itself — the City of Compton.

From the movie's opening scenes in 1986, viewers see a city defined by strife and crime, as the camera follows soon-to-be rap star Eric "Eazy-E" Wright to a darkly lit house in Compton, right before a drug raid. Almost 30 years later, I went to visit a Compton cricket player — right before a quinceañera.

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2:40pm

Thu August 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Sesame Street's New ABCs: On PBS And Now HBO

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 3:17 pm

These familiar faces will soon be appearing on another channel.
Kathy Willens AP

Known for adult dramas and gory thrillers, HBO is home to some of the most colorful characters on television, but this fall another brightly colored crew is joining the network.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the beloved children's show, announced a new deal with HBO Thursday that will bring the next five seasons of Sesame Street to the premium cable channel and its streaming services.

But Sesame Street isn't vacating its old neighborhood, NPR's Neda Ulaby reports. She tells our Newscast unit that:

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2:10pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Movie Interviews

A 'Diary' Unlocked: A Teenage Coming-Of-Age Story Put On Film

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:59 am

Bel Powley stars as Minnie Goetze in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Directed by Marielle Heller, the film is based on a semi-autobiographical graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.
Sam Emerson Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Graphic artist and professor Phoebe Gloeckner had an unconventional upbringing. When she was 15, she lost her virginity to an older man — who also happened to be her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner chronicled the experience in her teenage diaries, which she put aside and then revisited when she found them decades later.

"I remember I opened the box with the diaries and I was just stunned to start reading," Gloeckner tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "To hear this child's voice, kind of, talking to me as an adult, it felt like it was crying out to be heard."

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10:03am

Thu August 13, 2015
Book Reviews

Kafka Would Love 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:05 pm

Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co.

In the realm of office work, there's nothing quite so soul-crushing as data entry, a job that combines the joy of carpal tunnel syndrome with the fun of being in a room that's either air-conditioned to Arctic levels or heated to a degree that is only technically survivable by humans. Add to that the anodyne preachiness of those ubiquitous motivational posters, and you've got, essentially, a fever dream of unpleasantness.

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7:03am

Thu August 13, 2015
Book Reviews

A House That's Not A Home In 'Bright Lines'

Courtesy of Penguin Books

In the sweltering summer of 2003, studious and awkward Ella comes home from college and sneaks back into her own house. She's trying to avoid her adoptive parents — her uncle Anwar and aunt Hashi — and, maybe, to share the secret of her return with her outgoing cousin Charu, for whom she harbors a self-defeating infatuation. She's lived with them since she was a child, but coming back to the house is still a disconnect amid the familiarity.

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5:24am

Thu August 13, 2015
Pop Culture

A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:08 pm

Comedian Chris Gethard's show brings a wild, unplanned public-access sensibility to mainstream cable television. But that spontaneity can attract trolls.
Zac X. Wolf

When you're out there on the Internet, sometimes it's worth remembering there's a person on the other side of the screen; it could lead to an unexpected connection.

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5:24am

Thu August 13, 2015
Fine Art

The Anxious Art Of Japanese Painter (And 'Enemy Alien') Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:30 pm

Artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi, seen here in his New York studio in 1940, exhibited with Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper. But his work was quickly forgotten after his death in 1953.
Alfredo Valente Alfredo Valente papers/ Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

In 1906, 16-year-old Yasuo Kuniyoshi came to the U.S. alone from Japan. He made his name as a painter and at 40 he was showing his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But there was one thing Kuniyoshi longed for that he was always denied: American citizenship. In fact, he was classified as an "enemy alien" during World War II.

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11:33pm

Wed August 12, 2015
Ask Me Another

Pack Your Bags

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition. Build the ultimate road trip playlist with a game about songs of summers past, featuring guest musician Nellie McKay. Then choose your whip in a game about notable fictional rides.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

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11:33pm

Wed August 12, 2015
Ask Me Another

On The Road

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

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11:33pm

Wed August 12, 2015
Ask Me Another

Stuck in the Backseat

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

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