Arts & Culture

Author Interviews
6:03 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL'

Hugh Howey self-published the original WOOL novella in 2011. It has since grown to become a best-selling phenomenon.
Amber Lyda

After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia WOOL, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with reader demand — the latest volume, Dust, was released in August.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:21 am
Sat August 31, 2013

There's Nothing To Do Here, And It's Perfect

Visitors explore Robert Irwin's Scrim Veil--Black Rectangle--Natural Light during its 2013 reprise at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
©Robert Irwin/Photography ©2013 Philipp Scholz Rittermann Courtesy of the Whitney Museum

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 6:05 am

The elements of Robert Irwin's installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art — the show ends today — are named in the work's title: Scrim Veil--Black rectangle—Natural Light. There's no mystery. No magical ingredient.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:11 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Steve Gunn: Tiny Desk Concert

Steve Gunn performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on July 1, 2013.
Erica Yoon Erica Yoon/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:13 pm

"Do you know of any good liquor stores in town? Or, better yet, record stores?" Steve Gunn asks me after playing a mesmerizing set at the NPR Music offices. He's a record collector with insatiable taste and a vinyl-packed apartment. His ears perk up when I tell him that Future Times co-owner Andrew Field-Pickering (a.k.a.

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The Salt
4:06 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Don't Panic! Your Questions On (Not) Washing Raw Chickens


Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 1:25 pm

Without meaning to, I seem to have sparked a "small #chickensh*tstorm," as food writer Michael Ruhlman put it, with my recent post about why you shouldn't wash your raw poultry. The strong, even vituperative responses to the post surprised me. I didn't anticipate that Americans would be quite so passionate about poultry hygiene.

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All Tech Considered
3:56 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World


Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:59 am

Comedian Mark Malkoff has lived for a week inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus across 42nd Street.

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Music Interviews
3:56 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Typhoon: Songs For A Lost Childhood

Typhoon, the Portland, Ore. band led by Kyle Morton, features a dozen musicians playing precise and complicated arrangements.
Jaclyn Campanaro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:59 am

Kyle Morton can trace his life as a songwriter back to a bug bite. Morton was bitten by a tick as a child, contracting a case of Lyme disease that went undiagnosed for years, even as it wreaked havoc on his body.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
8:08 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray

Lisa Marie Mazzucco Emanuel Ax

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:56 am

This week we're recording at Tanglewood — the outdoor music venue in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts — and we thought it would be a good time to talk with classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who has won seven Grammy awards and recorded with the world's greatest orchestras.

We've invited Ax to play a game called "You make men irresistible to women!" Three questions about Axe body spray.

5:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

How Do You Say ...? For Some Words, There's No Easy Translation

Ella Frances Sanders Maptia

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 6:01 pm

Just as good writing demands brevity, so, too, does spoken language. Sentences and phrases get whittled down over time. One result: single words that are packed with meaning, words that are so succinct and detailed in what they connote in one language that they may have no corresponding word in another language.

Such words aroused the curiosity of the folks at a website called Maptia, which aims to encourage people to tell stories about places.

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3:55 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Following Spain's Roast Suckling Pig From Farm To Table

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 2:53 am



All summer we've been traveling the world hearing about what other cultures put on their grills. We call it the Global Grill. Today, reporter Lauren Frayer brings us a treat enjoyed throughout the Spanish-speaking world, but she offers her apologies. The Cochinillo asado isn't exactly cooked on a grill, but it is cooked on an outdoor fire in a clay pot. Lauren tells us the dish comes from the ancient kingdom of Castile in central Spain and has made literary appearances dating back hundreds of years.


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Art & Design
3:44 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

British Designer Ozwald Boateng's Dream To Dress Africa

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 11:03 am

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with the so-called 'Statesman of Cool' about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage. This segment initially aired June 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.