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6:03 am
Sun April 21, 2013

On The Move: Three Books To Keep Out Of The Boxes

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Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 10:10 am

These days, nothing says amateur hour quite like an alphabetical bookshelf. From lifestyle magazines to design blogs (admittedly a short distance), there are limitless suggestions for how you should treat your books. You can arrange them by genre, by time period, by size or by color (all well and good until you realize how strangely few books have purple spines). You can stack them in height order. You can angle them across the wall in gentle waves of Swedish manufacture. My own system of classification is one of emotional practicality.

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Art & Design
5:30 am
Sun April 21, 2013

When Sculpting Cedar, This Artist Is Tireless And Unsentimental

Michael Bodycomb Ursula von Rydingsvard/Galerie Lelong

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 10:42 pm

Ursula von Rydingsvard makes huge sculptures out of red cedar. The 70-year-old is one of the few women working in wood on such a scale.

Her pieces are in the permanent collections of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. And now they're also part of a new show at Manhattan's Museum of Arts and Design. It's called "Against the Grain" — a phrase that could just as well describe the sculptor's life and career.

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Author Interviews
5:28 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Fire, Water, Air, Earth: Michael Pollan Gets Elemental In 'Cooked'

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Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

In his systematic scrutiny of the modern American food chain, Michael Pollan has explored everything from the evolution of edible plants to the industrial agricultural complex. In his newest book, he charts territory closer to home — or rather, at home, in his kitchen.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation surveys how the four classical elements — fire, water, air and earth — transform plants and animals into food. Pollan joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss the merits of slow home cooking and his adventures in fermentation.

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Theater
5:23 am
Sun April 21, 2013

L.A. On B'way: Midler, Mengers Take Manhattan

Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Midler stars as Mengers, a legendary and larger-than-life Hollywood agent whose sharp wit won her both friends and foes in the film industry.
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Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

After more than 40 years away, Bette Midler is returning to Broadway. She's playing legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in a riotous solo show titled I'll Eat You Last.

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Sunday Puzzle
5:08 am
Sun April 21, 2013

You'll Get It Just Right, Junior

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Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 4:56 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name with the initials "J.R."

Last week's challenge from listener Sandy Weisz: Take a common English word. Write it in capital letters. Move the first letter to the end and rotate it 90 degrees. You'll get a new word that is pronounced exactly the same as the first word. What words are these?

Answer: Won, one; wry, rye

Winner: Ben Austin of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Al Gore Plays Not My Job: Extended Cut

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A shorter version of this segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

Since Al Gore's term as the 45th vice president of the United States ended in 2001, he has starred in an Oscar-winning documentary, won a Grammy Award and received the Nobel Peace Prize. But obviously he won't be satisfied until he wins the NPR news quiz, so we've invited him to play a game called "Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this."

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on March 8, 2013.

Arne Duncan is President Obama's secretary of education, and if, while he's on this show, a disaster befalls the president, the vice president, the speaker of the House and every other member of the Cabinet except Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, he would be president.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Actor Jeff Bridges Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on Jan. 11, 2013.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

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Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 12:56 am

Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her out on a date. This was complicated because he was her boss, and frankly, he was kind of a nerd. But they fell in love and got married, and decided to raise a family, retire from the business, and in their spare time give away more money to charity than anyone else in the history of the world.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Singer Erykah Badu Plays Not My Job

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This segment was originally broadcast on Feb. 08, 2013.

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