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Monkey See
6:03 am
Mon August 17, 2015

The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things.
Mark Konezny NFL Photo Library/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 10:49 am

In the first two episodes of The Giant Foam Finger — a new, sports-themed offshoot of Pop Culture Happy Hour — NPR Code Switch blogger Gene Demby and I have discussed one play in a decade-old NFL game, and we've tackled the phenomenon of fan hatred.

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Author Interviews
5:39 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 6:11 pm

It all starts with a strange letter left for a Beijing cabdriver, tucked away in the sun visor of his taxi. In the months just before the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wang Jun is living with his wife and daughter — but the message, and those that follow, quickly tangle that quiet life in complications.

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Monkey See
11:47 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Television 2015: Is There Really Too Much TV?

John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks, speaks to the Television Critics Association on Aug. 7.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:18 pm

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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Author Interviews
7:42 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Author Sets Out To Find Gold In 'Fever'

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

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Time Machine
7:03 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Farewell To The Legendary League Of The Pink Carnation

Originally published on Mon August 17, 2015 2:27 pm

Earlier this month, author Lauren Willig released The Lure of the Moonflower, the last of her fantastic, genre-bridging Pink Carnation series.

I call them genre-bridging, because they satisfy romance fans who love the pinch-in-the-chest, soul-satisfying, "all is well in the world" happy-ever-after denouement — but they also have such densely detailed and gratifying historical, swashbuckling, spy-based plots that nonromance fans love them too.

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Author Interviews
5:36 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Cara Nicoletti loves food almost as much as she loves books. Over the years she has found herself thinking about the delicious dishes woven into the stories she loved as a child. In fact, she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that when she re-read her old books, she found underlines that she didn't remember making in the sections about food.

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NPR Story
5:32 am
Sun August 16, 2015

After Katrina, New Artists Found Inspiration In A Recovering City

Rontherin Ratliff's Things that Float sculpture contains photographs he rescued from his grandmother's drowned house.
Courtesy of Rontherin Ratliff

Originally published on Sun August 16, 2015 9:34 am

Skylar Fein had only lived in New Orleans for a week before Hurricane Katrina nearly tore it apart. He'd moved there to go to medical school, and found himself wandering around a wrecked city. "It's really hard to describe to someone who hadn't seen it what the streets looked like after the storm," he recalls.

Fein is among other New Orleans artists exhibiting work in shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2005 storm. One thing he has in common with some of the other artists: They weren't artists before the hurricane hit.

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Author Interviews
5:17 pm
Sat August 15, 2015

The Transformation Of The LAPD — And The Work That Remains

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

High-profile, officer-involved fatalities across the country have put police departments everywhere under more scrutiny than ever.

For a lesson in how to move forward, they could look at the history of the Los Angeles police.

In the '80s and '90s, Los Angeles was trapped in a cycle of crime, crack and gang warfare. Investigative journalist Joe Domanick says back then, the Los Angeles police just made things worse with its crime-fighting strategy — which involved using military-style tactics to subdue and arrest suspects, who were mostly from minority neighborhoods.

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Monkey See
2:19 pm
Sat August 15, 2015

A Historic Fight Over Public Housing Makes For Fine Drama On HBO

Oscar Isaac as Mayor Nick Wasicsko.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

One of the accusations that was often leveled against Mad Men as an examination of social problems was that it paused too often to scoff at how foolish (or sexist, or racist, or environmentally ignorant) everyone was in the 1960s, as if we've outgrown all of it. One of the best things about Show Me A Hero, HBO's dense but involving examination of a dispute over the construction of low-income housing in Yonkers, N.Y. in the 1980s is that there's no smugness to it.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
10:46 am
Sat August 15, 2015

Not My Job: Dwight Yoakam Gets Quizzed On The World's Happiest Man

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 15, 2015 11:47 am

Songwriter Dwight Yoakam was raised in Ohio — a big disadvantage for a country singer. But he overcame that handicap to become a country star, with multiple platinum albums and hit songs over the past few decades.

And as a country singer, he has shared many stories of woe with his fans. So we invited him to play a game we're calling "You're the happiest man in the world" — three questions about Matthieu Ricard, a French-born Buddhist Monk who's reputed to be happier than all the rest of us.

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