arts & culture

Television
12:59 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Mindy Kaling Loves Rom-Coms And Being The Boss

Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) must juggle a variety of responsibilities as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the new comedy The Mindy Project.
Jordin Althaus Fox

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 2:02 pm

Mindy Kaling says she loves romantic comedies, even though she wrote last year in The New Yorker that saying so "is essentially an admission of mild stupidity."

Her new Fox TV show, The Mindy Project — which she created, stars in, writes and runs as co-executive producer — is essentially a serialized romantic comedy, where each week, viewers can check in with the character to see how her life is going, Kaling says.

Except she hopes her show is "actually funny," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Sound of Books
4:46 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Widely Praised New Biography of Iconic American Novelist David Foster Wallace

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: the widely praised new biography from journalist and author D. T. Max, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.

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The Sound of Books
4:29 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Award-winning American Journalist Explores French Parenting Techniques

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from international affairs journalist Pamela Druckerman, Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
8:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Meet James Boyd, the LPO's new Managing Director

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off their 22nd season this Saturday night, September 22nd, with their Night of Nights concert with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and feature artist Joaquin Achúcarro on piano.

WWNO's Paul Maassen spoke with James William Boyd, the LPO's new Interim Managing Director, about the upcoming season and how he became involved with the LPO.

Learn more about this performance and the entire LPO season at LPOmusic.org

Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New stage show honors Louis Prima at WWII Museum

A new show featuring the music and dance moves of New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis Prima opens next month at the National World War II Museum.

Prima, who was born in 1910 and died in 1978, had a decades-long career spanning the genres of jazz, swing and big band with such hits as "Sing! Sing! Sing!," ''Just A Gigolo," ''Oh Marie," ''That Old Black Magic" and "Basin Street Blues."

Television
1:07 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Kelly Macdonald: Strong Woman On The 'Boardwalk'

In Boardwalk Empire, Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) is married to corrupt political boss "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi.)
Macall B. Polay HBO

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:24 pm

When Kelly Macdonald landed her first acting gig in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed 1996 film, Trainspotting, her lack of experience made it hard for her to relax on set.

"I don't think I spoke very much — I was very, very shy," Macdonald tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "I kind of hid in the toilets most of the time when we weren't required on set."

Before Trainspotting, Macdonald was working at a bar in Glasgow, Scotland. After two friends separately handed her fliers for the movie's open casting call, she decided to audition.

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Theater
2:33 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Shorts Inspire Music In 'Sounding Beckett' Trilogy

In Ohio Impromptu, one of three short plays featured in Sounding Beckett, the silent character (Philip Goodwin, left, with Ted van Griethuysen) inspired music based on knocks and repetitions.
Jeremy Tressler Sounding Beckett

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:09 pm

It all began last year, when the Library of Congress presented Samuel Beckett's Ohio Impromptu alongside a piece of music by composer Dina Koston, which responded to the text. A New York group, the Cygnus Ensemble, played the music, while Washington, D.C., director Joy Zinoman staged the play, for one night only.

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The Reading Life
2:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

T. Geronimo Johnson and Madaline Herlong

T. Geronimo Johnson

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Hold It Til It Hurts, and Madaline Herlong, whose new young adult novel is called Buddy.

Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

RHINO Gallery Turns 25; Spike Lee; A Vineyard in My Glass; Sal Liberto

Today on Inside the Arts you'll hear about a big celebration as a local crafts cooperative turns 25! We'll talk with filmmaker Spike Lee, find out more about the richness of your favorite wines, and take a spiritual journey through the power of song.

Author Interviews
2:36 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Becoming 'Anton,' Or, How Rushdie Survived A Fatwa

Salman Rushdie's other novels include Midnight's Children, Shame and Luka and the Fire of Life.
Syrie Moskowitz Random House

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:04 am

The recent violence sparked by the film Innocence of Muslims recalls a very different controversy from more than 20 years ago:

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