Arts

Author Interviews
1:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Gronkowskis On Raising A Family Of Champions

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. You know how in America we say we don't like dynasties, but then again, we actually kind of do. And we're certainly fascinated by them, and if you follow sports, in particular football, then you're probably fascinated by the Gronkowskis.

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Monkey See
10:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency

Beckham the dog sports a Superman costume during Comic-Con on July 19, 2013 in San Diego. For Comic-Con, this is perfectly normal.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 9:50 am

Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.

9:30 a.m.: I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con to come to the Marriott bar at 5:30 today to get a PCHH pin. It's something on the order of a "meetup," as the kids say.

Yeah, I know. I don't recognize myself either.

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Book News: Scrapbooks Of Hemingway's Childhood Made Public

Ernest Hemingway was nearly as famous as a hunter and fisherman as he was a writer.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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New In Paperback
7:03 am
Mon July 22, 2013

July 22-28: 'Sinners,' Nazis And Student Radicals

Mario Savio, shown here at a victory rally in the University of California, Berkeley's Sproul Plaza on Dec. 9, 1964, was the face of the free speech movement.
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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
7:03 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Hidden Gems: 5 Summer Books That Deserve More Fanfare

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:04 pm

In the old days, when a book came out it just had to compete with other books. But these days a book has to compete not only with other books, but also with blog posts and tweets and tumblrs and everything else in written form. There's only so much that readers feel like reading, and as a result, every year many good books get lost under a tide of prose.

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Author Interviews
4:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Unbuttoning Toils And Traditions Woven Into A $50,000 Coat

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:58 pm

Meg Lukens Noonan's adventure began with a simple curiosity. She happened across a website belonging to a renowned, fourth-generation tailor, John H. Cutler, and noticed a photograph of a $50,000 coat.

It looked "like any old blue overcoat that you might find in Macy's," she tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "I didn't recognize it as being special just by looking at it."

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Fine Art
4:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

For Judd Family, Home Is Where The (Rectilinear) Art Is

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:35 am

The former studio and home of artist Donald Judd is in what used to be called the Cast Iron District of Manhattan. He bought the five-story building in 1968, long before the Gucci store and Ivanka Trump Boutique moved into the neighborhood. When Judd died in 1994, the house stayed in the family, with much of his stuff exactly where he left it. Now, after a three-year renovation, the general public can tour the building and see firsthand how Judd thought art and architecture could work together.

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Movies
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

The Tragic Tale Of A Killer Whale

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

"Blackfish" is a documentary that has a lot of people talking.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "BLACKFISH")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Well, ladies and gentlemen, the next few behaviors you're going to be seeing, you can only see right here at Sea World.

MARTIN: That's a clip from the film. It tells the story of killer whales living in captivity, working in Sea World parks around the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "BLACKFISH")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Orange County Fire Rescue.

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Pop Culture
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Comic-Con-Goers Flaunt Their Geek Credentials

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 12:41 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Every year for the past four decades, comic book fans dressed as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - anything, really - have descended upon the city of San Diego for Comic-Con. The convention has grown as fast as a speeding bullet in the last decade. This year, an estimated 130,000 Con-goers are walking the floor, sitting on panels, and boosting their geek credentials at various workshops.

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Author Interviews
7:44 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:02 pm

Howard Norman's memories of the strange incidents of his life compose his memoir. In 2003, his family rented their house to a poet, who killed her son and then herself in the Normans' home. Norman, his wife and daughter decided to continue living there, giving a certain weight to the title of his memoir, I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place.

But his book begins in a very different place, with the story of Norman's childhood, a bookmobile and a swan.

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