Arts

7:03am

Sun November 16, 2014
Book Reviews

'Operation Sea Lion' Is A Flawed But Fascinating Look At WWII

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 1:18 pm

During the summer of 1940, the Third Reich occupied most of Europe. If Britain fell too, the complete Nazification of the continent seemed like a real possibility.

And the German High Command had a plan for the invasion: Operation Sea Lion. But the mission never materialized into action.

After the war, many surviving Reich commanders claimed Sea Lion was merely a psychological game meant to demoralize Britain, and that Hitler never believed a full-scale invasion was necessary.

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5:44am

Sun November 16, 2014
Code Switch

Marvel's 'Black Panther' Isn't Just Another Black Superhero

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:26 pm

Introduced, issue #52 of the Fantastic Four as a would-be for, the Black Panther would come to be a long-time ally.
Marvel Entertainment

Last month Marvel Studios announced the roster for some upcoming features. In addition to Ant-Man and a female-led Captain Marvel film, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed that on November 3, 2017, the studio planned to release one of its longest-rumored projects: The Black Panther.

We in the nerdier parts of the Internet promptly lost our minds.

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4:37am

Sun November 16, 2014
History

Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 12:25 pm

During a 1938 vacation to his hometown, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather filmed the townspeople of Nasielsk, a Jewish community in Poland, just before World War II.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In 2009, Glenn Kurtz stumbled across some old family films in a closet in his parents' house in Florida. One of the films, shot more than 70 years earlier by his grandparents while on vacation in Europe, turned out to include footage of his grandfather's hometown in Poland.

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5:05pm

Sat November 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Soldiers, Spies, Cyberwarriors: '@War' In The Internet Age

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 12:02 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Imagine it's the year 2022. Across the Pacific Ocean, a small country — an American ally — has provoked a big adversary nearby. Call them Red. Red's size and military capabilities are near those of the United States.

Red responds aggressively to its neighbor's provocation. Within days, the big adversary has crippled the smaller country's power grid, communications networks and other infrastructure through cyberwarfare. Then, Red launches a preemptive cyberattack against the small country's big ally: the United States.

If you were the U.S. military, how would you respond?

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5:05pm

Sat November 15, 2014
Code Switch

How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 4:11 pm

Hema Ramaswamy prepares backstage for her performance. She studied with Chitra Venkateswaran (right) for 4 1/2 years in preparation for this recital.
Preston Merchant

Jewish girls become a bat mitzvah; 15 year-old Latinas celebrate with quinceañeras. But for generations of Indian-American girls, the rite of passage is performing a classical Indian dance before a crowd of hundreds. After years of preparation, Hema Ramaswamy of Middletown, N.J., is ready to unveil her arangetram.

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10:29am

Sat November 15, 2014
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Ron Perlman, Who Played The Beast, Gets Quizzed On Beauty

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 11:38 am

Richard Drew AP

In most of Ron Perlman's well-known roles — in Quest for Fire, the TV show Beauty and the Beast and the Hellboy movies — he is so covered in makeup you don't know what he looks like. Good thing we've invited him onto the radio where we can clear that right up!

Since Perlman famously played the Beast — as well as many other characters with unique visages — we'll ask him three questions about beauty.

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8:01am

Sat November 15, 2014
The Salt

A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:37 am

One of America's favorite bites: the hotdog. Here, a man and women enjoy the dogs at a California fair in 1905.
Courtesy of Sourcebooks

Apple pie isn't American in the way people often mean. Every ingredient, from apples to butter to nutmeg and cinnamon, came from somewhere else.

But then, so do most Americans.

A new book traces the roots of American tastes from pemmican to Coca-Cola to what are now called "molecularly modified" foods. Libby O'Connell, the chief historian and a senior vice president for the History Channel and A&E networks, wrote The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites.

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Arts & Life

Cosbys Start A 'Conversation' With African-American Art

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 11:20 am

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7:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Movies

'Godfather' Mansion For Sale In Staten Island

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 10:21 am

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