Arts & Life http://wfae.org en 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers http://wfae.org/post/audience-measurement-how-networks-and-critics-are-wrestling-numbers If the Television Critics Association press tour of 2014, wrapping up Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations from PBS, has had a catchphrase, it's "audience measurement."<p>Critics heard an extended presentation from Nielsen on the very first day of tour about the company's plans to begin measuring viewership on mobile devices and, more generally, about its scramble to keep up – catch up, really – with the way television works now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55406 at http://wfae.org 'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS http://wfae.org/post/what-golden-girls-taught-us-about-aids <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRoKiwmgFkw</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 BARBARA FLETCHER 55390 at http://wfae.org What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' http://wfae.org/post/london-through-eyes-dickens-victorian-city In September 1777, Samuel Johnson declared to his friend James Boswell, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."<p>Johnson was actually referring to his hectic social calendar, but still, he did have a point. The city he was discussing was on course to become the largest metropolis the world had ever seen. In 1800, London was home to one million residents. By 1911 that number had grown to a staggering seven million: a population far greater than Paris, Berlin, St. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:52 +0000 J.P. O'Malley 55387 at http://wfae.org London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies http://wfae.org/post/book-news-thomas-berger-author-little-big-man-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Thomas Berger, the witty and feverishly prolific author of <em>Little Big Man</em>, died July 13 in Nyack, N.Y., following an illness, his publisher said Monday. He was 89. Although Berger was most famous for <em>Little Big Man, </em>which became a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, he wrote dozens of other books in genres varying from sci-fi to crime to Westerns. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 55386 at http://wfae.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time http://wfae.org/post/swirls-steel-these-sculptures-mark-passage-people-and-time Growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s, Albert Paley played with blocks and Legos. And he loved wandering the streets, scavenging bottle caps, matchbook covers, cigar bands and "picking up pebbles that I thought were interesting," he recalls.<p>Now 70, the American sculptor has moved from pebbles to monumental gates. His iron and steel works adorn Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rochester, N.Y. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 55379 at http://wfae.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time 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'