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5:00 am
Thu August 6, 2015

After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder

The Tulane City Center helped design and build New Orleans' Grow Dat Youth Farm, which employs local, disadvantaged high school students and teaches them about urban agriculture.
Will Crocker Courtesy of Tulane University

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 12:37 pm

It's blazingly hot outside and five summer fellows from the Tulane City Center are standing in a playground at a youth center in New Orleans. The architecture students diplomatically describe the playground's design as "unintentional": There's no grass, trees or even much shade, and it's surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. The students, both graduate and undergraduate, are there to make the playground a little nicer.

"Right now, it feels like a prison," says Maggie Hansen, the center's interim director.

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Goats and Soda
3:20 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

A Self-Taught Artist Paints The Rain Forest By Memory

This is one of 12 rain forest landscapes by Abel Rodriguez, part of his ink-and-watercolor series Ciclo anual del bosque de la vega (Seasonal changes in the flooded rain forest).
Abel Rodriguez Courtesy of Tropenbos International, Colombia

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 3:47 pm

Looking at the painting above, it's easy to imagine the artist spent days, weeks maybe, observing the rain forest to get the details right. Off to the right, a large bird perches on a branch. Turtles and fish swim in the river. Several species of trees reach upward, vying for light through the forest canopy.

The artist painted it all by memory.

But, I am told, he doesn't consider himself an artist.

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The Salt
2:33 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

'Bespoke Water' Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers

Filmmaker Paul Riccio's characters the Timmy Brothers "are introducing handcrafted water to the world with an almost pathological attention to craftsmanship and a thirst for helping people become less thirsty."
via Vimeo

Bespoke, artisanal water could, conceivably, be a thing. Artisanal ice is real, after all.

The artisanal water we discovered recently is, however, just a vivid figment of filmmaker Paul Riccio's imagination.

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Monkey See
11:46 am
Wed August 5, 2015

5 Things We Learned From ShondaLand

Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo at the ABC panel discussion during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Tuesday's Television Critics Association press tour presentations from ABC wrapped up with a panel devoted to the network's scripted ace in the hole: Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and is an executive producer of How To Get Away With Murder.

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Book Reviews
10:21 am
Wed August 5, 2015

'Two Across' Spells Out A Charming Love Story In Crosswords

Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 8:37 pm

My perennial quest for smart, fun summer reads landed me on Two Across, Jeff Bartsch's debut romantic comedy about a brainy couple whose on-again-off-again relationship begins at age 15, when they tie in the 1960 National Spelling Bee. During their recurrent off periods, they send hidden messages to each other in the clever crossword puzzles they compose for major newspapers.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

Courtesy of Picador

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:17 pm

I don't want to say a single thing about this book — about Black Chalk, the debut novel from Christopher Yates, who writes like he has 30 books behind him; like he's been doing this so long that lit games and deviltry come to him as natural as breathing.

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Parallels
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

A stage production or a Korean wedding? It can be hard to tell.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 9:57 am

Weddings and baby showers are real-life milestones to spend with your actual loved ones. True, but in South Korea, a cottage industry exists to help real people find fake friends to fill seats at such life rituals.

At a recent wedding in June, Kim Seyeon showed up as a guest even though she is a total stranger to the bride and groom. She makes about $20 per wedding she attends as a pretend friend.

"When it's the peak wedding season in Korea, sometimes I do two or three acts a day, every weekend," Kim says.

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Book News & Features
4:56 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:02 pm

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We offer a lot of reading suggestions here at NPR, and we hope we get it right. But what happens when you buy a book and it's nothing like what you thought it would be?

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Book News & Features
4:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

These Books Amp Up The Adrenaline In Summer Reading

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:02 pm

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Author Interviews
4:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

The Bonds Of Friendship Stay Strong In 'Stranger'

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:02 pm

Author Rebecca Stead collects ideas before she sits down to write, even from the smallest encounters — like this one:

"The idea came from a girl — she was wearing cat ears, and I said 'nice ears,'" she tells NPR's Melissa Block. "And she said, 'Thanks! I've been wearing them for a year! I don't know why!' And then she ran away."

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