Arts & Culture

The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question

Pietro Parolin in 2009.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 3:33 pm

The Vatican's new secretary of state made some comments in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper earlier this week that have surprised many.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, whom Pope Francis appointed on Aug. 31, said the issue of priest celibacy is open to discussion.

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Field Recordings
1:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Bill Callahan Sings 'Small Plane' In A Serene City

Bill Callahan in the 6th and B Community Garden.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:52 am

When we first approached Bill Callahan to do a Field Recording in New York City, we asked him if he had any special place in mind. His reply surprised me: "A community garden." I guess I'd stereotyped him in my head, because after all those years of dark, thoughtful songwriting β€” first as Smog and then on the pensive records he's made under his own name β€” I'd imagined a library, someplace quiet and dark.

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The Salt
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment

A farmer carries a bag of rice in China's Jiangxi province in July 2013.
Zhou Ke Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 3:07 pm

It's one of the great paradoxes of our time: Hundreds of millions of people go hungry, and yet we waste a whopping 1.43 billion tons of food β€” one third of what we produce. Food waste is a problem in rich countries and poor countries alike, and it's happening throughout the supply chain β€” from the farm to the truck to the warehouse to the store to your refrigerator.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' β€” with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.
Julien Jourdes courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 12:58 pm

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Ask Me Another
12:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Last Film I'd Want To See

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 8:54 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Now it's time to crown this week's grand champion. Let's bring back from Isn't It Ironic, Jessica Morello; from Minimum Sentence, Whitney Reynolds; from Sensational Spelling Bee, Virginia Roberts; and from Nursery Rhyme News, Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: They'll be playing our Ask Me One More final round, and I'm going to ask puzzle guru Mary Tobler to lead our final game.

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Ask Me Another
12:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Adam Rapoport: Good Eggs, Bad Apples

"I don't want a waiter to lecture me, and have to explain to me how to eat something. It's like, 'Dude, stop.'" Bon AppΓ©tit magazine editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport.
Courtesy of Adam Rapoport

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 12:33 pm

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Ask Me Another
12:03 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Nursery Rhyme News

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 8:54 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's say hello to our next two contestants, Amy Passiak and Kevin Maroney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Amy, you are a classics major, and you work in art conservation. Kevin, you publish the New York Review of Science Fiction.

KEVIN MARONEY: It's true.

EISENBERG: Here is my first question for you, Amy. This is not a quiz, just curious. What is your favorite nursery rhyme?

AMY PASSIAK: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. It's really the first one I can think of.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
9:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

Dave King.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:13 am

Perhaps you know Dave King as the drummer in The Bad Plus, or any number of avant-improv/indie-rock/Americana/electronic experimental bands rooted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But somewhere in that mix is a deep fondness for the jazz tradition, and recently, he made it a point to say so with a full-length album. I've Been Ringing You investigates standards, mostly slow and medium-tempo ballads, in rough-hewn textures.

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Book Reviews
8:23 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Suburban Islands Of Regret, More Than 'Nine Inches' Apart

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 10:36 am

Nine inches is the minimum distance required between middle school students during slow dances in the title story of Tom Perrotta's first book of short stories in 19 years. Nine miles β€” or make that nine light-years β€” is the distance between many of the narrators in these 10 stories, and the family and friends they've alienated with their stupid mistakes.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Book News: Richard Dawkins Under Fire For Child Abuse Remarks

Author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made a March 2012 visit to NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 9:57 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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