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Television
10:19 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Aaron Paul: Playing A Meth Dealer On 'Breaking Bad'

Aaron Paul plays a meth-making drug dealer on the AMC drama Breaking Bad. He also played a recurring character on the HBO series Big Love.
Ursula Coyote AMC

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:56 am

This interview was originally broadcast on September 19, 2011. Breaking Bad begins its fifth season on Sunday, July 15th at 10 PM EST.

Vince Gilligan's AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White who turns to dealing drugs after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. White's partner-in-crime throughout the series is his former student Jesse Pinkman, played by actor Aaron Paul.

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NPR Story
12:54 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Writer Puts Expendable 'Redshirts' In The Spotlight

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 11:08 am

Fans of Star Trek long ago noted that anonymous security officers who accompanied the show's stars rarely survived the experience. Shortly after being beamed down, they would be vaporized, stomped or eaten for dramatic effect. It's a plot device so common that these expendable crewmen became known collectively as redshirts.

In his novel Redshirts, science fiction writer John Scalzi follows Andrew Dahl, a similarly expendable ensign as he sorts out this life-expectancy issue.

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Essence Fest
12:24 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

2012 Essence Fest draws 413,000 to New Orleans

The 2012 Essence Music Festival drew 413,000 people to New Orleans for the four-day event held over the Fourth of July weekend.

That's less than the 422,000 who gathered for the 2011 festival. Last year the festival ran for three days.

This was the 18th anniversary of the festival which features nightly concerts at the Superdome and free, daily "empowerment" seminars and community events at the city's convention center.

Inside the Arts
11:32 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' Opens Tonight!

Anything Goes
Michael Palumbo Michael Palumbo Photography

The S.S. American ocean liner sets out for a trip across the pond, as Tulane's Summer Lyric Theater continues its 45th season with Cole Porter's Tony Award winning musical, Anything Goes. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek.

Music Interviews
11:03 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Fresh Air Celebrates Woody Guthrie At 100

Woody Guthrie
Smithsonian Folkways

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 11:52 am

Lots of people know Woody Guthrie's classic 1940 ballad "This Land Is Your Land," but the story behind the tune may not be as familiar.

Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this week, wrote "This Land" as a response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," a song he felt was overly patriotic and not directed at ordinary Americans like himself.

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Movies
10:51 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Inside The Creepy Twists Of 'Red Lights'

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MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Maria Hinojosa. Michel Martin is away. Spanish filmmaker Rodrigo Cortes earned his 15 minutes of fame - and then some - back in 2010 with his first English language film, "Buried." The suspense thriller gained huge critical acclaim at Sundance and received over 30 awards at film festivals across the country.

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Movie Interviews
11:21 am
Wed July 11, 2012

'Margaret:' Inside The 'Fall' Of A Teenager

In Margaret, Lisa (Anna Paquin) distracts a bus driver, which leads to an accident in which a pedestrian is run over and dies.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 12:32 pm

Kenneth Lonergan's critically acclaimed film Margaret was completed in 2006, but because of several lawsuits, it wasn't released until last year.

Called "nothing short of a masterwork" by The New Yorker, the film stars Anna Paquin as Lisa, a Manhattan teenager who tries to make sense of a bus accident she may have caused — one that resulted in a woman's death. Lonergan tells Terry Gross that he wrote the film because he was interested in how teenagers transition into an adult world.

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Around the Nation
10:46 am
Wed July 11, 2012

For Some People of Appalachia, Complicated Roots

For centuries the Melungeon people of Appalachia believed they were of Portuguese descent. Turns out, their direct lineage is more African than anything else. Guest host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Roberta Estes, lead researcher on a recent study about the ancestral make up of the Melungeons. Also joining the conversation is Wayne Winkler, a Melungoen man and author of the book "Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia."

The Sound of Books
7:20 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Memoir From Ultra-Successful New York City Restaurateur Joe Bastianich

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from ultra-successful New York City restaurateur Joe Bastianich — Restaurant Man.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Melanated Writers Collective and Little Free Libraries

This week on The Reading Life, meet members of the Melanated Writers Collective, an alliance of writers of color celebrating two years of working together. Kelly Harris and Neil Ranu talk about the importance of writerly support. And Linda Prout gives an update on the way Little Free Libraries are popping up all over our city.

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