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Monkey See
2:58 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Hobbit And The Habit Of Storing Your Stuff

NPR

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:45 am

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On this week's show, we dive into Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Glen is an extra-extra-expert, Stephen and I are novices, and Trey is somewhere in between when it comes to Tolkien, so what happens when we all see the same movie? What about the super-crisp technical side? And what does this have to do with Les Miserables?

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Deceptive Cadence
2:58 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."
Philippe Merle AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 9:03 am

  • Tenor Rolando Villazon let loose during a recent Q&A with The Arts Desk: "One thing that I haven't achieved is longevity. This will come — if it comes. That said, I don't think that longevity is a necessary part of a great career." And regarding his own health problems: "[My doctor] would have told [critics] the problem was biology. I would have got it if I had sung Mozart. It had nothing to do with repertoire or technique or how much I sang.
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Monkey See
2:58 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Blame The Movies As We Mourn? Or Turn To Them For Comfort?

After a classroom tragedy, the title character of Monsieur Lazhar (played by the Algerian actor Fellag) comforts mourning students.
Music Box Films

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:53 am

In light of last Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, all explanations and ruminations for why Adam Lanza opened fire are on the cable-news pundits' table. Was it the lack of gun control? Untreated mental illness? Or was it an Aurora-style pop-culture revenge fantasy writ large? Did Hollywood's culture of raging, gun-slinging entertainment help fuel the mayhem? Nobody knows the shooter's motive, and yet the conversation and pontification remains incessant and unabated.

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Best Music Of 2012
2:57 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Top 10 Outer Sound Albums Of 2012

Holly Herndon.
Suzy Poling Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:35 am

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The Picture Show
2:56 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

The Life Of Christmas Trees, Before The Merriment

Ripshin Mountain, Carter County, Tenn., 2011
Courtesy of John Lusk Hathaway

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 5:03 am

While many are putting the final touches on their decorated Christmas trees across the country this week, photographer John Lusk Hathaway is more concerned about the trees before they were chopped down.

Hathaway, who has a background in science, always thought it was strange to see trees growing in such rigid patterns, as opposed to the natural way they grow in forests.

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The Two-Way
2:55 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

In Christmas Message, Queen Elizabeth Returns To 3-D After 59 Years

Queen Elizabeth II wears 3-D glasses during a visit to the University of Sheffield, in 2010. This year, the queen's annual Christmas message will broadcast in 3-D.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 5:31 pm

It's been 80 years since Britain's royal family began broadcasting a Christmas message — and 60 years since Queen Elizabeth took up the duty. Now, the monarch will deliver her 2012 holiday address in 3-D.

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Shots - Health News
2:54 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

YouTube-Inspired Food Dares: Don't Try This At Home, Kids

GloZell demonstrates the chubby bunny challenge.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 10:20 am

Back in March, we told you about the "cinnamon challenge" — a game of dubious origin that involves eating a tablespoon of cinnamon powder without any liquid to wash it down. Experts at the nation's network of poison centers were warning parents about the game after the number of calls related to teens ages 13 to 19 increased dramatically from 2011. Their symptoms included choking, gagging, vomiting and other respiratory problems.

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Krulwich Wonders...
2:53 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Which Is There More Of: Kindness Or Unkindness? A Christmas Accounting

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 10:57 am

Here's a notion. It comes from Kevin Kelly, author, editor and friend. He was imagining this:

Suppose, he said, that you could count every kindness, every good deed, every smile, every caress, every act of charity, love, tenderness, every generous moment that occurred on the planet this year, and add them all up so you'd have a Total Incidence of Goodness for 2012, a grand sum.

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This Is NPR
2:52 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Campaign Collections: NPR Election Team Finds From The Races

Seasoned and new election journalists from NPR talk about their favorite campaign memorabilia collected along the election trail through the years. Read the story behind each of these items, and what makes them so special, below.
Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 8:08 am

Whether it's their first election cycle with NPR or their tenth, the Washington Desk reporters, producers and staffers have many opportunities to collect memorabilia and unique items from various campaign events while they are traveling across the country reporting on elections. But with all of the buttons, knick-knacks, and posters, how do they decide what to take?

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Movie Reviews
2:51 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Reliving An 'Impossible' Catastrophe

Maria (Naomi Watts) and Lucas (Tom Holland) are ripped from their family by a tsunami.
Jose Haro Summit Entertainment

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 4:03 pm

Starring flying debris and surging walls of water, The Impossible takes the template of the old-timey disaster movie, strips it to the bone and pumps what's left up to 11.

Decades ago, perched in front of Earthquake and The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, audiences were rewarded with thrills that depended on fleshed-out characters (Steve McQueen as a fire chief!) and multiple interconnected storylines. How pampered we were.

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