Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:50 am
When a new festival for opera and musical theater called "Prototype" opened in New York last month, it wasn't inaugurated with a huge new piece. Instead, the festival was kicked off with the first staging of Mohammed Fairouz' opera Sumeida's Song — a work for four singers and a handful of musicians that lasts just 60 minutes long, presented at Here, a theater in Manhattan's Tribeca that seats just 100 people.
Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 4:07 pm
It happens all the time: The government announces some giant settlement with a company that's been accused of doing something wrong. The company agrees to pay some massive fine. Then, in the fine print, there's something along the lines of: "The company neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing."
Recently, though, some powerful people have been pushing back, rejecting deals that include this kind of fine print.
Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to big screens near you. It's Carl Kasell reading limericks, celebrity guests answering oddball questions, faces made for radio, and an unapologetic focus on heckling the headlines and fawning over the week's infamous foibles.
Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:14 am
It was a Super Bowl moment like no other. Thousands of fans packing a modern gladiatorial arena, millions more watching on TV screens across the nation and Beyoncé had just reminded us of why she is, well, Beyoncé. The second half play was just getting going.
Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:56 am
When photographer Matthieu Paley hiked up into the Pamir plateau of Afghanistan in the winter of 2008, the place had not been visited by foreigners since 1972, he says. That's how remote and inhospitable the region is — at least to outsiders. This rugged stretch of land, way up in the Wakhan Corridor, wedged between Pakistan and Tajikistan in Afghanistan's panhandle, is home to a population of about 1,100 nomadic Afghan Kyrgyz.
We had this show all wrapped up last Friday. It was totally in the can! Then My Bloody Valentine dropped its highly anticipated new album over the weekend and threw our previously recorded show into total chaos! But hey, it was worth it. We (and all the other My Bloody Valentine fans out there) have been waiting more than 20 years for this! Hear a new cut from the album and tell us what you think in the comments section.
Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:22 pm
So what did you do during the blackout on Super Bowl Sunday? Other than, say, apply some deer antler spray?
For most Americans, it was trying to figure out the ScuttleButton puzzle on Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, it's always difficult trying to solve ScuttleButton while watching the game on Super Bowl Sunday. But now it's time to focus on the new puzzle.
Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:01 pm
A young man graduates from college. At his father's insistence, he begins interning at a law firm. But when it comes time to pursue the profession, he refuses: He wants to do something more meaningful. He wants to write.
Sound like your son/cousin/roommate/best friend? It was Honoré de Balzac.
That's right – before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon ("Do not suppose," an Italian count wrote to his wife, "that the ugliness of his face will protect you from his irresistible power"), the young Balzac was proofreading legal filings.