Arts

5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Business

Examining Hollywood's Pay Disparities

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 10:28 am

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Actress Amanda Syefried caused a stir in Hollywood this past week for telling an interviewer with Britain's Sunday Times she had been paid just 10 percent of what her male co-star received for a movie made a few years ago, but she didn't say which movie.

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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Written In Spanish About Belgium By A Colombian, 'It Feels American'

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 5:22 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is best known for his 2013 blockbuster novel The Sound of Things Falling. But more than a decade before that book vaulted him onto the international literary stage, he published a well-reviewed collection of short stories in Spanish.

Now, that collection, Lovers on All Saints' Day, is getting an English translation.

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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
My Big Break

From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:52 pm

Jim Gaffigan spent years in stand-up before, finally, someone took a chance on him: that someone just happened to be David Letterman. "The weird thing is, because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind," he says. "It changed the narrative surrounding me, completely."
Courtesy of TV Land

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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9:35am

Sun July 19, 2015
Middle East

Turkish TV Travels Far As Craze For Dramas Goes Global

The Turkish television industry is booming.

During Ramadan, which ended this week, many Muslims — around the world — tuned in to watch Turkish TV in massive numbers.

But Turkey isn't just presenting religious programming. The country is second only to the U.S. in producing and exporting secular TV dramas — and they're becoming global hits

A 'Captive Audience' During Ramadan

Many families watch as they gather as they wait to break their Ramadan fast after sundown, says Pinar Tremblay, a columnist for the online newspaper Al-Monitor.com.

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8:30am

Sun July 19, 2015
Sunday Puzzle

Relieve The Duties Of A Letter: Make Believe, And Make It Better

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

NPR

On-air challenge: Today's puzzle has a bit of wordplay. Change one letter in each word provided to make two new words. The letter you change must be in the same position in each word of the pair. And the letter you change each of them to will be the same letter of the alphabet.

For example, "relief" and "mallet" become "belief" and "ballet."

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
Music Interviews

The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:35 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It begins with that cord - again and again. Then it builds.

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

MARTIN: Layer after layer, a baseline emerges and ultimately, lyrics.

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
The Salt

Hacking Iconic New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Far From The Gulf

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:28 pm

Co-owner and chef Mark DeFelice cooks up an order of barbecue shrimp at Pascal's Manale restaurant in New Orleans.
John Burnett NPR

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: A play on an iconic New Orleans dish to get supreme flavor from shrimp without heads.

The Chef

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5:21am

Sun July 19, 2015
Book Reviews

Savor The Quiet Sweetness Of 'The Blue Girl'

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:09 pm

In her debut novel Ex Utero, Laurie Foos tells the story of a woman who misplaces her uterus at a shopping mall, "somewhere between the shoe store and the lingerie counter." After her womb goes missing her husband feels utterly lost, and others are quick to deem her careless. While fantastical on the surface, it's also a striking commentary on the nature of feminism, desire and society's obsession with presumed gender roles.

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5:15am

Sun July 19, 2015
Around the Nation

Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

The parklet on K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., opened officially on July 14. It's the first parklet of its kind in the city.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Walking down K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., almost everything is a shade of gray — light gray buildings, darker gray sidewalks, even the windows on the gray high-rises reflect their gray surroundings.

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5:48pm

Sat July 18, 2015
Environment

Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 6:33 pm

Stephen Buchmann Scribner

Flowers, bugs and bees: Stephen Buchmann wanted to study them all when he was a kid.

"I never grew out of my bug-and-dinosaur phase," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "You know, since about the third grade, I decided I wanted to chase insects, especially bees."

These days, he's living that dream. As a pollination ecologist, he's now taking a particular interest in how flowers attract insects. In his new book, The Reason for Flowers, he looks at more than just the biology of flowers — he dives into the ways they've laid down roots in human history and culture, too.

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