Arts & Life

Sunday Puzzle
7:59 am
Sun March 9, 2014

A High Five On The Seven Seas

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Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

On-air challenge: For each five-letter word provided, insert two letters after the first letter to complete a familiar seven-letter word.

Last week's challenge: The challenge came from listener Harry Hillson of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J. Take the first name of a nominee for Best Actor or Best Actress at last Sunday's Oscars. You can rearrange these letters into a two-word phrase that describes his or her character in the film for which he or she is nominated. Who is this star, and what is the phrase?

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Music News
7:59 am
Sun March 9, 2014

John Denver's 'Country Roads,' Now Official In West Virginia

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS")

JOHN DENVER: (Singing) Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River...

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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PG-13: Risky Reads
5:10 am
Sun March 9, 2014

For A Sheltered Teen, 'Thorn Birds' Was A Much-Needed Eye-Opener

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I recently met up with one of my former high-school English teachers, and talk turned naturally to books. I told her how influential the books I'd read throughout my high school years had been, and mentioned several titles by name — The Count of Monte Cristo, Alas, Babylon, Lord of the Flies, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men.

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Europe
5:09 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Hi Ho Spaniard! An Iberian Desert With Spaghetti Western Roots

Actor Jose Novo was born in Spain's Almeria region in the 1960s and claims to be the son of the American actor Henry Fonda, to whom he bears a striking resemblance.
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Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:00 pm

If the Tabernas Desert in Spain's Almeria region looks like the set of a Hollywood Western, that's because it was one.

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Movie Interviews
6:27 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

'Kids For Cash' Captures A Juvenile Justice Scandal From Two Sides

Kids for Cash chronicles the story of Judge Mark A. Chiavarella, who was convicted in 2011 for sending thousands of children to a juvenile detention facility from which he'd received a "finder's fee."
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Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

In 2009, a major corruption scandal dubbed "Kids for Cash" hit the juvenile justice system of northeast Pennsylvania.

Two local judges had been enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for bad behavior by kids. Even minor offenses, like fighting in school or underage drinking, could mean hard time in a juvenile detention facility.

Federal prosecutors alleged the judges were actually getting kickbacks from those private detention facilities. They said the judges kept the juvenile detention centers full, and received cash in return.

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My Big Break
5:51 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

The Unforgettable Performance Ed Harris Doesn't Remember

Actor Ed Harris has been nominated for four Academy Awards.
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Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

As part of a new series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Actor Ed Harris, whose new film The Face of Love is out in select theaters, has taken on some indelible roles: from the controlling creator of the tiny universe in The Truman Show, to abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

But his most memorable acting experience came long before these Oscar-nominated performances.

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Religion
5:51 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

The brothers of Alpha Lambda Mu come from a variety of backgrounds and religious upbringings. "We meet at this middle ground we call brotherhood," says ALM founder Ali Mahmoud.
Dylan Hollingsworth

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country.

"I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus," says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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The New And The Next
5:51 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Die-Hard Disney Fans Band Together At The Happiest Place On Earth

The Main St. Elite is among the clubs that regularly meet up in Disneyland.
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Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 8:23 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a phenomenon emerging at the Disneyland. Packs of Disney fans have started meeting up at Disneyland with matching gear and group names — like The Neverlanders and Walt's Misfits. Disney gangs? Not quite. Many have started to incorporate elements of community service into their meetups.

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Books News & Features
7:53 am
Sat March 8, 2014

From Uganda To The Midwest, 'All Our Names' Draws Portraits Of Love

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Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 11:31 am

In his latest book, Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu explores the nature of loneliness, violence and love. Mengestu is known for his novels about the immigrant experience in this country, but this book, All Our Names, is something of a departure. Much of the story unfolds in Africa and there are two narrators: One is a young man who flees violence and revolution to seek refuge in America, the other is a white woman who has never left the Midwest.

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Author Interviews
7:53 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Meet The Murdering, Kidnapping Imposter Who Fooled Walter Kirn

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Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 9:46 am

Walter Kirn has written insightful, best-selling novels — including Up in the Air and Thumbsucker, which were made into movies. He's an expert in the art of fiction.

So why did he fail to see the signs of falsehood in real life?

When Kirn was just starting his novel-writing career, he met a man who was a bold financier, an art collector, a fussy eccentric, a dog lover and a Rockefeller. They became friends.

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