Neda Ulaby http://wdiy.org en For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet http://wdiy.org/post/these-vegans-masculinity-means-protecting-planet Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it.<p>That's the stereotype, or cliche, that's about as old as time.<p>At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes, including triathlete Dominic Thompson, competitive bodybuilder Giacomo Marchese and mixed martial arts fighter Cornell Ward.<p>They're also all vegans and eschew all animal products. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 44157 at http://wdiy.org For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist http://wdiy.org/post/rainbow-rowell-does-romance-subversive-read-realistic-twist Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.<p>Rowell got a lot of attention last year for her best-selling young adult romance, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/190377730/eleanor-park" target="_blank">Eleanor & Park</a>, about a half-white, half-Korean boy who falls in love with an overweight white girl. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 43267 at http://wdiy.org Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track http://wdiy.org/post/snowpiercer-never-ending-train-ride-and-society-badly-track The world has frozen over in the movie<em> Snowpiercer. </em>Set after a climate change disaster, all the action happens aboard a train that has to keep circling the globe for its passengers to stay alive.<p>The movie itself is uniquely international: <em>Snowpiercer</em> is based on the French graphic novel <em>Le Transperceneige</em> by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. It's directed by a Korean auteur and stars Hollywood A-listers including Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. The movie opened in South Korea last summer. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 42880 at http://wdiy.org In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' http://wdiy.org/post/cory-still-s-topanga-new-generation-meets-world Among that enormous demographic of people born after 1981, you'll find a major generational touchstone: the TV show <em>Boy Meets World</em>.<p>Nick Gray, 24, says, "Everybody that I know that is our age --"<p>"-- watched it," interrupts his girlfriend, 21-year-old Elizabeth Spivey, "and loved it!"<p>Every generation has its television families. Boomers watched <em>Leave It to Beaver</em>; in the 1970s, it was <em>The Brady Bunch</em>; in the '80s, it was <em>The Cosby Show</em>. <em>Boy Meets World</em> aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000 and lives on in syndication. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 42750 at http://wdiy.org Cory Still ♡s Topanga As A New Generation 'Meets World' Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics http://wdiy.org/post/why-tv-drama-so-obsessed-pandemics Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>And now for a warning. Television is in the grip of a terrifying pandemic. Or maybe an obsession with pandemics is a better way to put it. This year has seen a feverish spike in dramas where the antagonist is a deadly virus. These shows include "Helix" on Sy-fy, "The Strain" on FX and "The Last Ship," which starts Sunday on TNT. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 42427 at http://wdiy.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://wdiy.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 41579 at http://wdiy.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen http://wdiy.org/post/john-greens-stars-shines-bright-silver-screen It's a writer's fantasy. You author a book. It hits the young adult jackpot. It sells 10 million copies. Hollywood actors fight for parts in the movie.<p>Welcome to John Green's reality. Not too long ago, in New York City, he introduced a screening of the film based on his novel, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, to an audience of hundreds of teenagers ecstatically screaming his name. They cried copiously throughout the film, which follows a romance between two teenagers with cancer.<p>The next morning, in his hotel suite, Green appeared somewhat dazed. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 41436 at http://wdiy.org John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen With Possible Theme Park, 'Hunger Games' May Live Beyond Final Film http://wdiy.org/post/possible-theme-park-hunger-games-may-live-beyond-final-film The movie studio Lionsgate is exploring the possibility of a theme park based on <em>The Hunger Games</em> films and books. To test the idea's viability, the company announced that it will launch a <em>Hunger Games</em> exhibition at museums around the country next summer. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+Possible+Theme+Park%2C+%27Hunger+Games%27+May+Live+Beyond+Final+Film&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 41159 at http://wdiy.org 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS http://wdiy.org/post/normal-heart-teaches-new-generation-about-early-years-aids Why would Ryan Murphy, one of TV's hottest and most prolific producers, decide to adapt a 30-year-old play about the forming of an AIDS service organization for HBO? Sat, 24 May 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 40772 at http://wdiy.org 'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast http://wdiy.org/post/pricey-cities-being-bohemian-starving-artist-gets-old-fast There are very few professions where poverty is romanticized, but if you're a Franciscan friar or an artist, being poor is seen as somehow ennobling. Josh Shaw, who ran a recent <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOnIDWIaC2g" target="_blank">Pacific Opera Project production</a> of <em>La Boheme</em> in Los Angeles, says the opera's famous story of starving artists hits a little close to home.<p>"There's been times recently ... where I have practically nothing in my bank account," Shaw says. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 40252 at http://wdiy.org In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast