Arts & Culture

Movie Reviews
1:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'The Bling Ring': Celebrity Culture And Its Little Monsters

In Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring, about the excesses of Los Angeles materialism, Emma Watson plays narcissistic party girl Nicki.
Merrick Morton A24

We live in a world filled with crimes, but most of them don't have much to tell us. They're cases of mere stupidity, cruelty or greed. But every now and then one comes along that invites larger thoughts about the culture.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

"This Most Amazing" Weaves Together Milwaukee, Italian Intrigue

Author Jenny Benjamin

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Jenny Benjamin about "This Most Amazing."

Milwaukee writer Jenny Benjamin’s new novel spans hundreds of years and thousands of miles. 

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Books
10:57 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Can Infidelity Make A Relationship Better?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We're going to switch gears now and, as I said, this is another emotional and sensitive topic, but a personal one. And if I were to say the names Bill Clinton, LeAnn Rimes, Kobe Bryant, what would you say that they all have in common? Well, that they are all very bright, accomplished people and that they have all participated in infidelity. It still seems to be the case that the public seems shocked when such indiscretions become public.

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The Salt
10:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Will GMOs Help Protect Ugandan Families Against Hunger?

A woman sells bananas at the Kampala Airport. Ugandans eat about a pound of the fruit, on average, per day.
Ronald Kabuubi AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:45 pm

While a few states in the U.S. are debating mandatory labels for genetically modified foods, some African nations are considering a bigger question: Should farmers be allowed to plant genetically modified crops at all?

The question carries extra weight in countries like Uganda, where most people are farmers who depend on their own crops for food.

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Monkey See
7:52 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The Seven Ways To Write About Television

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Perhaps it's the combination of Sunday night's Mad Men finale and the flurry of Sopranos discussion that followed the death of James Gandolfini, but it's hard not to be struck by the explosion of writing about television that's occurred in the last 15 years or so, facilitated (of course) by the ability to go from rolling credits to publication in an hour (if necessary). After any major episode, there will be a flurry of commentary, and even after minor episodes of minor shows, there are write-ups here and there.

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Book News: Author Of Controversial 'Seduction Guide' Apologizes

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

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The Record
6:21 am
Tue June 25, 2013

On John Grant And Healing Yourself

John Grant.
Sebastien Dehesdin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 12:59 pm

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Women Find More Than They Bargained For In 'The Property'

Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan's deceptively clear and simple line work — she can conjure a face in two dots and a single, expressive pen stroke — is a deliberate artistic choice. Narratively, Modan's work (including the acclaimed Exit Wounds and her Jamilti and Other Stories) lives in the realm of the indistinct, the undefined and the hotly disputed. In her books, conflicts between family members, lovers and nations all occur in the context of Jewish cultural history.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2013
6:03 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Making Art From Art: 5 Nonfiction Reads For Summer

Andrew Bannecker

An elaborate cake exactingly modeled from the work of a Dutch minimalist painter. A piece of literary criticism as interesting and expansive as its subject. A photograph of an eerie, antlered hat sculpted from feathers and tulle. Art criticism, written with a novelist's eye. Here are five books that traverse genre and medium, while keeping the same aim: to analyze, celebrate and re-imagine beautiful works of art.

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Business
3:46 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Barge Traffic Increases Along Erie Canal

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Erie Canal was cut through upstate New York almost 200 years ago. It opened up new shipping routes to the West and proved to be an economic lifeline for the Great Lakes region. The canal fell out of favor as faster transportation methods, like the railway, became available. But lately, it's been getting a second life.

Here's Ryan Delaney of member station WRVO.

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