Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:43 pm
The doctor is in the house. Now that the FOX TV show House has wrapped, the show's star Hugh Laurie revealed a softer side by showing his love for NPR. The actor stopped by NPR West to talk with Fresh Air host Terry Gross. We approve.
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Host Jessica Harris speaks with Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of Olivia, a childrens' book series. Harris also speaks with Maurice Kanbar, inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Quad Cinema, the first multiplex theater in New York City.
Lovely people, beautiful places, a suicide attempt and echoes of a French New Wave classic — these ingredients seem to promise lots of passion in A Burning Hot Summer. But this existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch.
Veteran director Philippe Garrel's latest film opens with apparently parallel events: a woman reclines naked, alone in a room, as a man guns his car, heading straight for a tree.
Like the romance it portrays, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is brief, sweet, funny and sad. It's also tonally uncertain and occasionally foolish, but somehow these flaws never derail the story's wistful pleasures, not the least of which — if we ignore an unpleasant speech by Patton Oswalt — is its pleasing lack of the frat-boy vulgarity that has come to define so much of the genre.
The Last Ride recounts the final days of country-music legend Hank Williams, but it's strangely short on actual information about the singer. We only sparingly hear snippets of his music on the radio, and we learn almost nothing of his past. In fact, no one ever refers to the man by his proper name.
"Anna did all of the work, and I got most of the recognition," the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said.
Anna was Anna Schwartz, Friedman's co-author. She died today at age 96.
Friedman and Schwartz wrote A Monetary History of the United States, 1867 -1960. Among other things, the book argued that the Federal Reserve helped to cause the Great Depression by mismanaging the money supply.
Yemen's offensive against al-Qaida has focused on territory in the south of the country that the militants have held for nearly a year. With the backing of the U.S., Yemen's army has cleared al-Qaida and its allies. But many local residents believe the fight is far from over. Kelly McEvers spent several days in southern Yemen and filed this report.
We're in a Yemeni army land cruiser with a shattered windshield. Our destination is the town of Shaqra, the last town in the al-Qaida badlands before the sandy ground turns into mountains.
For many, the mention of the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos brings to mind her thousands-strong shoe collection. But the extravagant, ultimately disgraced wife of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos makes musician David Byrne think of something different: disco — and power.