Arts

Movie Interviews
2:13 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Jason Segel On Breakups, Bromances And 'Freaks And Geeks'

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Author Interviews
2:13 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

David Foster Wallace: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

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Movies
1:37 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day.
Courtesy of The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

Editor's Note: Hot weather is the time for popcorn pictures — escapist films that may have laughs or tears along the way, but that inevitably end happily. It's a formula that's served Hollywood well, and that's also served to make a lot of people into movie addicts, including our critic Bob Mondello. He now sees more than 300 movies a year — many of which do not have happy endings, and that suits him fine. But we asked him if he remembered his first trip to a movie theater. And he did.

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Television
12:28 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Show Me A Hero' Offers A Nuanced Take On Public Housing Discrimination

Oscar Isaac plays an ambitious young politician in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, which begins airing Sunday.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:05 pm

By now, viewers know what to expect from a David Simon drama. You expect an intense study of a precise location, as with Baltimore in The Wire and New Orleans in Treme. You expect flawed, fascinating and unforgettable characters — like Omar in The Wire, just to name one. And you expect the story to raise issues, especially about race and politics, that are unfortunately relevant to today.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

What Does It Take To Produce Nuclear Fusion — In Your Garage?

"Physics tells you what you can and can't do. If you know the physics anything else is possible." — Taylor Wilson
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Amateurs.

About Taylor Wilson's TED Talk

Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

How Did A Simple Challenge Become A Worldwide Phenomenon?

"My agenda is very transparent and very simple: I want to save my kid, and will not let this disease take him without a fight." — Nancy Frates
Sheryl Lanzel

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Amateurs.

About Nancy Frates' TED Talk

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

What's The Best Way To Achieve A New Goal?

"When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it ... the mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it's already done." — Derek Sivers
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Derek Sivers' TED Talk

After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

When It Comes Time For 'The Talk,' Are All Parents Amateurs?

"I think some people do know how to do it! I wasn't one of those people." — Julia Sweeney
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Amateur Hour.

About Julia Sweeney's TED Talk

Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.

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TED Radio Hour
9:48 am
Fri August 14, 2015

How Does A Year Of Following Biblical Rules Change You?

"I'm Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is Italian ... But I've become increasingly interested in religion." — A.J. Jacobs
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour Episode Amateur Hour.

About A.J. Jacob's TED Talk

Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Walter Mosley: Watts Riots 'Paved The Way For A Lot Of Change'

Author Walter Mosley in front of his childhood home in the LA neighborhood of Watts. He's standing with his father.
Courtesy of Walter Mosley

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 9:44 am

In this season of anger in many black communities that are reacting to police brutality, we're remembering the largest urban riot of the civil rights era.

Fifty years ago this week in Los Angeles, the African-American neighborhood of Watts exploded after a young black man was arrested for drunken driving. His mother scuffled with officers and was also arrested, all of which drew an increasingly hostile crowd.

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