State and National News

Pages

Monkey See
9:45 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

At The Movies, The Women Are Gone

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:33 pm

I live in the D.C. metro area, which is a very good place to find films. If you don't live in New York or Los Angeles, it's about the best you can do. I'm within 10 miles of a multiplicity of multiplexes, not to mention four theaters I would consider "art house" theaters or at least mixes of wider-appeal fare and smaller stuff.

According to Fandango and some back-of-the-envelope math, excluding documentaries and animation, there are 617 movie showings today β€” that's just today, Friday β€” within 10 miles of my house.

Read more
A Blog Supreme
9:45 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 11:01 am

Read more
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
9:45 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

It's All Politics, June 13, 2013

Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:47 am

  • Listen to the Roundup

This week's podcast highlights the familiar choice facing Americans in the wake of the NSA news: privacy vs. security. The case of Edward Snowden offers up another choice: hero or traitor? For Massachusetts voters, it's Ed Markey vs. Gabriel Gomez. In New Jersey, it's Cory Booker vs. the rest of the field. The real choice facing our nation: Ken Rudin vs. Ron Elving.

Latin America
9:44 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Venezuelan Joggers Find Safety In Numbers

Some participants run for a mile, while some run for up to six miles.
Meridith Kohut for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:05 pm

It's dusk on a recent day in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, and for many, that's a signal to get inside. Crime and violence have become so widespread here, many people simply shut themselves in.

"Your house becomes your own prison," says Arturo Hidalgo. After about 8 or 9 at night, he says, "you better be home because otherwise you can get in trouble."

Hidalgo would know: He's been robbed before. The result, he says, is a deep-seated fear. For an avid runner, that's a problem.

Read more
The Picture Show
9:43 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Like Father, Like Son: Creating Art In A Time Of Troubles

Bobbie Hanvey and his son SteafΓ‘n Hanvey, in Northern Ireland.
Courtesy of Peter Muhly

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 3:01 pm

When I first stumbled across the photographs of Bobbie Hanvey, I thought I had found an undiscovered master β€” perhaps another sort of Vivian Maier. My heart skipped a beat. But when I dug a little deeper, I realized that he was quite well-known in Northern Ireland, where he has been documenting the culture in photos and audio for more than 35 years. Only recently, however, has his work become available to a wider audience.

Read more
Movie Interviews
9:43 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Zack Snyder, Making Superman Over For Our Era

Actor Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder confer on a shot for an early sequence in Man of Steel. Cavill is the first British actor to wear Superman's iconic red and blue β€” though not the first to play a D.C. comics superhero.
Clay Enos Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:04 am

The quintessential American superhero β€” the one who forged the genre β€” returns to the multiplex this weekend: Superman. The latest big-screen iteration, called Man of Steel, explores the birth of the character (played as an adult by British actor Henry Cavill), delving into why he came to Earth, his inner conflicts growing up, and how he resolves them.

Read more
Movie Reviews
9:43 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

'Bling Ring': When Fame-Obsessed Teens Go Rogue

Taissa Farmiga (left) and Israel Broussard are key players in the five-person posse (otherwise known as the "Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch") targeting celebrity homes in The Bling Ring, stealing clothes, jewelry and cash from the likes of Lindsay Lohan.
EPK

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 10:43 am

What it came down to in the end were "the beautiful, gorgeous things."

That's how Marc (Israel Broussard) explains the Bling Ring, a gang of teens who, over a span of 10 months in 2008 and 2009, robbed a series of celebrity homes, including those of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. Along the way, they accrued more than $3 million worth of jewelry, clothing and accessories β€” not to mention that inevitable tabloid-headline nickname.

Read more
This Is NPR
9:42 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

India.Arie Hearts NPR

Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:00 pm

After a four-year hiatus, India.Arie is back with a new album, a new outlook for herself and new goals for her music.

The Grammy Award-winning soul singer stopped by our Washington, D.C. studios today for a live interview and performance on Talk of the Nation, talking with Host Neal Conan about her fifth studio album SongVersation.

Read more
It's All Politics
9:42 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Greet Obama's Syria Step, But Urge A Leap

Some Republican lawmakers hope President Obama sends arms to Syria's rebels β€” and cruise missiles after Syrian military targets.
Jonathan Sunderman AP

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 7:21 pm

Now that the Obama administration has declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad has crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons against his own people, another rare bipartisan moment has arrived in the nation's capital.

Republicans welcomed the White House announcement Thursday that it was prepared to offer military assistance to the rebels, but their reaction contained implied criticisms of President Obama's approach to Syria up to now.

Read more
Movie Reviews
9:42 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

'More Than Honey' Sees A World Without Bees

In More Than Honey, Attica Boa's striking close-up photography helps visualize a story whose urgency needs no amplification: With global honeybee populations threatened, the world's food supply could be seriously endangered.
Kino Lorber

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:04 pm

An amiably shaggy combination of science lesson, whimsical musing and alarm bell, More Than Honey isn't as urgent as its eco-catastrophic subject β€” the possible destruction of the world's critically important honeybee populations β€” might seem to require. But the documentary's most memorable vignette is suitably unnerving: a visit to northern China, where the threatened disappearance of bees has already come to pass, leaving workers to pollinate fruit trees ... by hand.

Read more

Pages