Arts

7:03am

Sat March 14, 2015
Book Reviews

'Persona' Is A Dangerous Dance Of Diplomacy And Celebrity

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

I have been reading Genevieve Valentine's writing for a long time, and as much as her fiction delights me, I confess that the work of hers that brings me the most pleasure is her series of Red Carpet Rundowns.

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5:47pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Author Interviews

If Drugs Could Talk: In 'Delicious Foods' They Do

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

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There's a certain type of supporting character that author James Hannaham has always wanted to put into the spotlight. Critics call this character the "Magical Negro" — and you may recognize him from movies or TV shows. He's someone who "has incredible abilities and has been through some kind of hardship but it's usually a little vague ..." Hannaham tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "Whenever I see that character, I want the book or the movie or the TV show to take a detour and tell me that story."

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5:45pm

Fri March 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 12:40 pm

Former Univision host Rodner Figueroa
Alexander Tamargo Getty Images

Univision host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive remarks about first lady Michelle Obama.

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5:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Arts & Life

What's Familiar Becomes Unnerving In 'It Follows'

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

It Follows "inverts the abstinence metaphor behind most teen horror flicks," says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.
Courtesy of Radius-TWC

David Robert Mitchell's debut feature, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a gentle, evocative story of teens and summer crushes set in Detroit. Unthreatening, sweet in the way of Freaks and Geeks, and the coming-of-age stories of John Hughes, it embraced the confusion of adolescence with warmth and affection.

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3:31pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Monkey See

In 'I Hate Christian Laettner,' ESPN Explores The Belly Of The Beast

Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
Bob Jordan AP

1:36pm

Fri March 13, 2015
Movie Reviews

Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 1:37 pm

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11:40am

Fri March 13, 2015
The Salt

Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:03 pm

Claire O'Neill/NPR

Editor's note: A version of this story was published in March 2011.

Get ready to roll out some dough, because it's almost Pi Day.

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10:20am

Fri March 13, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cultural Anniversaries And Great Things For Kids

NPR

Back in February, when it was terribly icy, we were scheduled to record our Oscars Omnibus live in Studio 1 at NPR HQ. Unfortunately, the weather interfered, and we had to push the show forward. While this meant we didn't have people live in the room to react with glee or horror as Stephen and Glen nearly came to blows over Boyhood, it also meant we got to gather for our rescheduled show with our pal Guy Raz, of the TED Radio Hour, to talk about time.

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7:03am

Fri March 13, 2015
The Salt

Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 12:13 pm

Planet: bottom of a glass containing half and half, water, food coloring. Moons: bottom of a glass containing coconut milk, water, food coloring. Stars: salt, cinnamon, baking powder, Tums.
Navid Baraty

Surely, you've heard of making food in space. Astronauts have to eat, right?

But perhaps you hadn't considered making space out of food. Navid Baraty, a freelance photographer in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, arranges common pantry items to create strikingly accurate-looking photos of an imaginary cosmos.

"I'm a really big space geek," Baraty tells The Salt. "I'll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try to make things as realistic as possible."

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7:02am

Fri March 13, 2015
Monkey See

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:47 pm

Cinderella and her fairy godmother in the 1950 Disney cartoon.
Courtesy of Disney Princess

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."

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