Arts

Author Interviews
5:27 am
Sat November 17, 2012

What Makes A City 'Walkable' And Why It Matters

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:04 am

Watching Mary Tyler Moore while he was growing up, city planner Jeff Speck saw a different view of urbanity. It stood out amongst the crime-ridden urban settings of other favorite TV series.

Millenials, Speck says, have an even broader vision of what city life means, thanks in part to Seinfeld, Friends and Sex and the City.The neighborhood coffee shops and carless characters show viewers a "walkable" city.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
5:40 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Milwaukee's Randy Sprecher Plays Not My Job

Courtesy Randy Sprecher

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 12:03 pm

Randy Sprecher came to Milwaukee years ago to make beer for one of the big breweries. But he didn't like the beer he was making so he founded his own brewery ... and now, his friends keep showing up at his door all the time with lame excuses.

We've invited Sprecher to answer three questions about Carrie Nation, the famously violent prohibitionist.

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Food
4:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Enjoy Thanksgiving Sprouts Without The Stink

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Brussels sprouts — long relegated to the bottom of the culinary barrel alongside lima beans, liver and the occasional fruitcake — have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

But there's an enduring reason so many have wrinkled their noses at this Thanksgiving meal staple: They smell. Like broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are rich in hydrogen sulfide gas. When cooked, those stinky gases escape, offering a less-than-warm welcome to Thanksgiving meal guests.

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Theater
4:02 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kathie Lee Gifford Takes Evangelism To Broadway

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Kathie Lee Gifford has had several careers - as a television personality, a singer and an actress. Now, she's added another credit to her resume. Last night, a musical she wrote opened on Broadway. It's called "Scandalous"; and it's about the flamboyant, controversial evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Jeff Lunden tells us more.

JEFF LUNDEN, BYLINE: In the 1930s, several years after her ministry was rocked by scandal, Aimee Semple McPherson brought her crusade to Broadway.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Arts
2:51 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Sustaining the Soul

Host Kenn Michael speaks with Marilyn Hazelton about her workshop "Sustaining the Soul" a creative process of seeing and writing on Saturday, November 17th from 9am to noon at Florant Gallery in Emmaus.

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Author Interviews
1:55 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Courtesy of Random House

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 8, 2012. On Wednesday, Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

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Movie Reviews
12:33 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

In 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Lawrence Is Golden

Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker also help round out a team of actors who score a touchdown with the critics.
The Weinstein Co.

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:14 pm

The best thing about David O. Russell is that he cultivates his disequilibrium. In Silver Linings Playbook, his hero is disturbed and his heroine possibly more so, and his other characters have a grip on reality that is only marginally more secure. Russell might have made them seem the dreaded "q" word — quirky — and OK, he does, a bit, at the end, which broadly conforms to the rom-com template. But until then, Bradley Cooper's Pat Solatano is someone you'd be less likely to dream about than get a restraining order against.

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Author Interviews
12:05 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:55 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Fresh Air on March 26, 2012. When God Talks Back was released in paperback on Nov. 13.

While attending services and small group meetings at The Vineyard, an evangelical church with 600 branches across the country, anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann noticed that several members of the congregation said God had repeatedly spoken to them and that they had heard what God wanted them to do.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
12:03 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of November 15, 2012

Harper

Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior takes a stand on climate change. It debuts at No. 1.

Movie Reviews
12:01 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

'Tis The Season For Oscar-Bait Adaptations

Leo Tolstoy's Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams) and Anna (Keira Knightley) come to life in Joe Wright's adaptation of the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina.
Laurie Sparham Focus Features

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 8:07 pm

It's the sort of juxtaposition that often arises at this time of year: novel adaptations arriving in droves at movie theaters, hunting for Oscar nominations.

J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical The Hobbit and Yann Martel's lifeboat adventure Life of Pi are coming soon, and this week Leo Tolstoy's romantic tragedy Anna Karenina goes head to head with Matthew Quick's romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.

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