Arts & Life

The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

'Call Me Caitlyn': Bruce Jenner Reveals New Name

Via Vanity Fair

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:18 pm

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET

Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic gold-medal-winning decathlete who revealed recently that "for all intents and purposes" he is a woman, is now Caitlyn Jenner.

The revelation was made in Vanity Fair, which tweeted an image of Jenner on the cover of its July issue.

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Monkey See
11:21 am
Mon June 1, 2015

'UnREAL' Is An Unsettling Look At Making Unsettling Television

Shiri Appleby and Josh Kelly play Rachel and Jeremy, who are uncomfortable around each other for reasons that are initially a little unclear.
James Dittiger Lifetime

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 11:33 am

The least promising thing about Lifetime's strong new drama UnREAL, which takes place behind the scenes of a The Bachelor-like show, is its title. Yes, it's capitalized in the self-consciously offbeat way common to overvalued tech startups and adolescents experimenting with identity.

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Code Switch
11:15 am
Mon June 1, 2015

A Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

Courtesy of Al Letson

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:53 pm

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The Record
10:22 am
Mon June 1, 2015

How Streaming Is Changing Music

Photo illustration Photos via Library of Congress and Flickr Commons

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 3:47 pm

There was a moment in the mid-2000s when it seemed like we might be collecting songs, one-by-one, into eternity. Internet connections were getting faster, hard drives stored more data in tinier spaces, songs were easier than ever to find and available for little or no money. Every year, the new version of Apple's iPod, first introduced in 2001 with a now-adorable 5GB of storage space, held thousands upon thousands more songs.

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NPR Story
5:08 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Cyber Archaeologists Rebuild Destroyed Artifacts

The Nirgul Tablet. Each digital replication becomes more complete and higher-resolution as the project collects more photos and videos of the artifacts.
Project Mosul

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 5:58 pm

Hundreds of ancient artifacts and historic sites have been ruined during violence in the Middle East. The United Nations reports some 200 sites have been damaged or destroyed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State alone.

In February, video footage surfaced showing ISIS militants destroying artifacts with sledgehammers and drills at the Mosul Museum in Iraq.

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My Big Break
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll prepare for Nyad's swim to Florida in 2012. She failed that attempt, but returned a year later to complete the 110-mile-long journey.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 6:20 pm

As part of a 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.

When long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad turned 60, she was determined to complete her life's biggest challenge.

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Pop Culture
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:13 pm

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WALT DISNEY: (As Mickey Mouse) (Whistling).


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Author Interviews
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:13 pm

On the hunt from a good public school for her son, Wednesday Martin moved from her old home in downtown Manhattan to a new one just a few miles north. The spots were no more than a short cab ride away from one another, yet she soon found they were galaxies apart in personality.

For one thing, the moms around her looked entirely different.

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Code Switch
10:17 am
Sun May 31, 2015

Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Ken Jeong, right, stars in the new ABC series Dr. Ken. Jeong appears with, from left, Kate Simses, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin.
Danny Feld ABC

The moment comes a minute or so into the trailer for Dr. Ken, Ken Jeong's new fall comedy for ABC.

He's playing a Korean-American doctor with no bedside manners and a wacky family; not a bad setup for a sitcom that will straddle the work/family setting. Dave Foley, the ex-Newsradio star who plays Jeong's boss, chides his employee for insulting a patient, demanding he apologize.

"And if I don't?" Jeong replies.

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8:49 am
Sun May 31, 2015

A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

Author Saul Bellow, the 1976 Nobel Prize winner for literature is shown in this 1977 portrait. He was born 100 years ago this June.
Eddie Adams AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 12:39 pm

Saul Bellow, one of the 20th century's great writers, was born 100 years ago next month. The publishing world is marking the anniversary with a flurry of books — a Library of America edition of Bellow's fiction, a hefty tome of collected nonfiction, and a big new biography.

Another way to remember the author, of course, is to go back to the original books. His best-known work is probably Humboldt's Gift, the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1975 novel based on his own friendship with poet Delmore Schwartz.

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