Arts & Life http://wfae.org en Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois http://wfae.org/post/sandwich-monday-menage-trois We're in San Francisco this week, and despite an exhaustive search, we have yet to find anywhere serving a Rice-a-Roni sandwich. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:36:00 +0000 Ian Chillag 55365 at http://wfae.org Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wfae.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 55357 at http://wfae.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet http://wfae.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 55359 at http://wfae.org For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You http://wfae.org/post/trolley-train-show-boat-or-surrey-these-musicals-will-move-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3Gb5mkwTc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_jjHAQoJU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0odXnKhKBxQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvXvBPw6Uqc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izSCwP_4YGU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9U4Cbb4wg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1CXo8QMi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK63eUyk-iM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VvpDE87b7E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8GnU8UAoEc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoRwQWgA5c</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 55350 at http://wfae.org By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' http://wfae.org/post/teenage-songwriters-take-bro-country No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55351 at http://wfae.org Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country' Nick de la Canal: From Boxers To Briefcase http://wfae.org/post/nick-de-la-canal-boxers-briefcase <p>Meet Nick de la Canal, WFAE's newsroom intern, whose path to public radio started with a graduation prank that had... unanticipated consequences.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159683299&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:41:42 +0000 Katie Herzog 55342 at http://wfae.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation http://wfae.org/post/tomlinson-hill-journalist-seeks-truth-and-reconciliation As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.<p>So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.<p>Tomlinson had spent 11 years for the <em>Associated Press</em> reporting on wars and conflicts, mostly in Africa, including the end of apartheid and the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 55343 at http://wfae.org On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service http://wfae.org/post/book-news-big-5-publishers-absent-amazons-new-e-book-service <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>The so-called Big Five publishers — Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster — don't appear to be participating in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332575051/amazon-launches-subscription-service-for-books">Kindle Unlimited</a>, Amazon's new e-book subscription service. Following the model of services such as Oyster and Scribd, Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited e-books for a fixed monthly fee. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 55326 at http://wfae.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past http://wfae.org/post/writer-plumbs-nature-evil-hometowns-violent-civil-rights-past Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, <em>Natchez Burning,</em> is the first in a trilogy that<em> </em>takes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.<p>Iles' hero, Penn Cage, is a former prosecutor and widowed single father who has returned to his childhood home. Once there, he finds himself confronting killers, corruption and dark secrets.<p>"Penn Cage I think of as annoyingly righteous sometimes," Iles says. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 55317 at http://wfae.org Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies http://wfae.org/post/actor-james-garner-rockford-files-dies Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>OK, we don't to let that play much longer for you to know where we're going with this - the theme from "The Rockford Files" and a few seconds to remember actor, James Garner. He died yesterday at home, here in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Oklahoma, Garner was a Korean War vet. He got his start in Hollywood with small parts in Westerns. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 55307 at http://wfae.org