Arts & Life

Author Interviews
3:54 am
Tue June 9, 2015

If Jimmy Fallon Gets His Way, 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada'

Fallon's new book has a daddy bee, dog, rabbit, cat and donkey (one of his personal favorites) all trying — and failing — to get their babies to say "dada."
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:16 am

A lot of things seem to come easy for The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon: comedy, music, dancing. Fatherhood didn't. Fallon and his wife struggled with fertility issues for years before they had their two daughters. Now one is almost 2, the other is not yet 1 and both are the inspiration for Fallon's new children's book, Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada.

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Apple Announces Music Streaming Service

Jimmy Iovine announces the new streaming service Apple Music in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:35 am

Apple has announced the launch of Apple Music, an app that adds a subscription streaming service to iTunes, the largest music retailer in the world.

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5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

More than half of the top 10 box-office hits this year have centered on female characters, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. But only a few — like Pitch Perfect 2 — were written or directed by women.
Richard Cartwright Universal Pictures

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:21 am

With Spy topping Hollywood's box-office charts this weekend, Melissa McCarthy becomes the latest woman to head a major box-office hit in 2015. And while that merely puts her in good company this year, it's hardly been common in the past.

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Author Interviews
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

This 'Book Of Numbers' Speaks A Human Language

Penguin Random House

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

Describing what Joshua Cohen's sprawling, comic, tragic new novel is actually about isn't easy. In fact, it's tempting to use the old joke: It's about 600 pages. But Cohen gets there first; he does indeed use that joke in Book of Numbers.

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Monkey See
12:02 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Sydney Lucas performs "Ring Of Keys" from Fun Home on the Tony Awards broadcast Sunday night.
Heather Wines CBS

Sydney Lucas didn't happen to win the Tony Award she was nominated for on Sunday night, but it took nothing away from the fact that she was the highlight of the entire broadcast. Lucas plays Small Alison in Fun Home, the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her coming of age that won the award for Best Musical. Lucas sang "Ring Of Keys," which tells the story of Alison seeing a woman who ... well, she'll tell you.

Music News
3:14 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad.
Ahmed Qusay for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:29 am

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi's performances of late.

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Author Interviews
5:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

Why do we honor combat veterans? In his new novel, Air Force officer Jesse Goolsby asks that question through the stories of three veterans, their experiences in war and their lives back at home.

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them is grounded in the wars of the last 15 years, but Goolsby points out the action takes place as much in the private lives the men lead in America as it does on the battlefield.

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Music News
5:19 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

With The Spotlight Gone, Omaha's Music Scene Grows

Omaha rapper Conchance outside of Make Believe Studios near downtown Omaha, Neb.
Courtesy of Clay Masters

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 3:23 pm

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Sunday Puzzle
8:05 am
Sun June 7, 2015

Take Two (Letters) And Solve Me In The Morning


Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 12:35 pm

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase, in which the two words rhyme. The initials of the two words will be provided, along with a one-word clue. Example: C S, Tennis ---> Court Sport

1. N L, Moon
2. B R, Semitrailer
3. P T, Cuestick
4. H C, Electrocardiogram
5. N H, Cold
6. T V, Haiku
7. H S, Bowwow
8. R P, Speedway
9. L N, Slipknot
10. D S, Coma
11. P T, Hookah
12. G W, Obesity
13. M W, Bull
14. S O, Exclaim
15. P D, Pepto Bismol

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7:40 am
Sun June 7, 2015

First-Time Tony Award Nominees Enjoy New Fame, But Keep Day Jobs

Composer John Kander, 88, has received his 12th Tony nomination — this time for The Visit. "I really love the theater ..." he says. "This part, I hate; the idea that suddenly we're all put in a little sandbox where we're supposed to be very competitive with each other. And these are your friends!" Above, Chita Rivera and Michelle Veintimillia in The Visit.
Thom Kaine Courtesy of O+M Co.

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 10:09 am

It's a quiet afternoon at the Tex-Mex restaurant in Brooklyn where playwright Robert Askins works the day shift twice a week. Even though his play, Hand to God, is on Broadway and he's got a Tony nomination, Askins says he enjoys interacting with the regulars, most of whom know about his other job.

"When you day bar during the weekdays, you're the only one in the restaurant," he says. "So, you run the food and make the drinks and put it on the tables and it's good."

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