World

NPR Story
1:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Feminist Weighs In On Debate Over Beyoncé

Beyonce is pictured in Australia, November 2013. (Rob Hoffman)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Note: This interview contains language that may be offensive to some listeners.

Beyonce on the cover of Time.

Read more
Song Travels
1:46 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Diane Schuur.
Courtesy of the artist

Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today, Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

Read more
NPR Story
1:33 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

How California Fights Wildfires In A Drought

A firefighter hoses flames at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

California has been suffering a severe drought for the past few years, and this year has been the worst. With the hot and dry conditions persisting and the onset of the Santa Ana winds, wildfires are sweeping across Southern California.

But how do you fight fires when water is scarce? Daniel Berlant of Cal Fire, California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfiffer to talk about how they are extinguishing fires with limited water and where the water is coming from.

Read more
NPR Story
1:33 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Study: Professional Singers Are Like Exceptional Athletes

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Many Broadway singers perform eight shows a week, belting out songs for several hours.

Given that demanding schedule, you might think these performers take extra care to keep their voices healthy — lots of sleep, warming up, avoiding drugs and alcohol.

But a new survey suggests that’s not the case.

Instead, the report’s authors say professional singers may just be exceptional athletes who can perform night after night, without experiencing the wear and tear the rest of us might.

Read more
NPR Story
1:33 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Idaho Gubernatorial Debate Goes Viral

The Idaho GOP primary debate featured Harley Brown, Walt Bayes, Gov. Butch Otter and state Sen. Russ Fulcher. (Screenshot from Idaho Public Television)

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:23 pm

In Idaho, a Republican gubernatorial debate has gone viral. Governor Butch Otter insisted that two fringe candidates — Walt Bayes and Harley Brown — be allowed to join him and State Senator Russ Fulcher in the debate.

Those candidates ended up stealing the show for their bizarre and even offensive comments.

The primary election is Tuesday of next week.

[Youtube]

[Youtube]

Read more
Monkey See
1:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

This Fall, TV Looks Much More Diverse: Now Don't Screw It Up

ABC's How To Get Away With Murder stars Oscar nominee Viola Davis.
Craig Sjodin ABC

For those of us who have spent time arguing for increased ethnic and cultural diversity on television, the last seven days have felt like a fantasy fever dream.

This week, the big broadcast networks announced their schedules for the 2014-15 TV season during the industry's "upfront" presentations to advertisers. And there are 10 new series featuring non-white characters and/or show creators – numbers we haven't seen since the days when everybody was trying to clone The Cosby Show.

Read more
All Songs Considered
1:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Viking's Choice: Replicants Live On In Perturbator's Dark Synths

Ariel Zucker-Brull's artwork sets the dystopian tone throughout Perturbator's Dangerous Days.
Ariel Zucker-Brull Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 4:23 pm

We're only five years away from Ridley Scott's 1982 vision of a retro-futuristic Los Angeles, when all that stands between human and biorobotic android is the Voight-Kampff machine. But the dark tones and moral ambiguity of Blade Runner never left the film's cult fans — particularly those beguiled by Vangelis' synth-driven soundtrack.

Read more
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood at the piano in Monterey, Calif.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

Read more
World
12:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

How Do You Count 500 Million Votes? A Look At India's Election

Indian election workers learn to use and check electronic voting machines on May 11.
Kevin Frayer Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 12:53 pm

Parliamentary elections in the world's largest democracy ended on Friday. The election took six weeks; more than 800 million citizens were eligible to vote.

Read more
Krulwich Wonders...
12:25 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry Of Data

Roger Viollet Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:43 pm

Read more
Parallels
12:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Why The U.S. Shunned The Man Who Will Now Lead India

Narendra Modi, shown here at an April 5 campaign rally, was ostracized by the United States for more than a decade. As it became increasingly clear in recent months that he was likely to become India's next leader, the U.S. and European countries began reaching out to him.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Until a few months ago, the U.S. government was effectively boycotting Narendra Modi, the man who is virtually certain to be India's next prime minister following the landslide victory by his party in the country's parliamentary elections.

So will the U.S. now warm to Modi as the elected leader of the world's largest democracy?

Before answering that, let's look at why Washington refused to deal with him.

Read more
Mountain Stage
12:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Mark Mulcahy On Mountain Stage

Mark Mulcahy on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:17 pm

Mark Mulcahy makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Read more
Africa
12:11 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Wole Soyinka: I Just Want Those Monsters Exterminated

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:05 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. My thanks to Celeste Headlee for sitting in for me while I was away. And at the end of the program today, actually, I will have a word about her exciting new venture.

Read more
Music
12:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Boy George On World Cafe

Boy George.
Dean Stockings Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:01 pm

Since his time as lead singer of the British pop band Culture Club, Boy George has had his ups and downs, including failed projects, a battle with addiction and jail time. Now sober, he's just released his first solo album in 19 years, This Is What I Do.

In this World Cafe session, Boy George has a thoughtful conversation with host David Dye and performs a few songs from This Is What I Do.

Read more
Movie Reviews
12:04 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

'Godzilla': A Fire-Breathing Behemoth Returns To The Big Screen

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:41 pm

Transcript

DAVIE DAVIES, HOST:

Since 1954, the fire-breathing behemoth Godzilla has had many incarnations. In the Japanese original he was a thinly disguised symbol of the atom bomb but in later films he would fight other giant monsters and even space aliens. In 1998 there was a poorly received American remake by Roland Emmerich. Now comes another American version at a time when the restored original is also in theaters and available on DVD.

Read more
Monkey See
11:23 am
Fri May 16, 2014

First Novels: The Weird, Thrilling Trip Through A Very Narrow Door

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 10:38 am

To gauge the practicality of investing the long years of speculative writing that it takes to produce a first novel, I asked my agent, Kate Garrick of DeFiore & Company, to estimate the percentage of the first novels submitted to her she considers saleable. Her answer (like all these answers, via e-mail):

Read more
All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Good Listener: When Should I Keep Criticism To Myself?

Morrissey's new album doesn't come out until July, and one of his diehard fans is already worried about starting the backlash.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the bag of caramel-filled chocolates we're neglecting to share with our colleagues is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when hardcore fans hate their favorite artist's new project.

Read more
Monkey See
10:28 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Entirely Real Photos: Queen Elizabeth Delightfully Takes In A Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 16.
Ben A. Pruchnie Getty Images

The wonderful thing about this picture is that in it, Queen Elizabeth — who is at the Royal Windsor Horse Show — looks like any other grandma.

Read more
Monkey See
9:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fairy Tales And A Fall TV Quiz

A drawing of a snoozing Sleeping Beauty.
iStockphoto.com

We could not be happier to bring back our friend Barrie Hardymon, who's out in California but still made time to come and chat with us. In recognition that we are soon to see the live-action Maleficent coming from Disney, we chat about fairy tales. "These are stories we tell our kids to get them to abandon us," Glen says. "We're giving them the psychic armor, the psychic tools, to say goodbye." We talk about old fairy tales, Disney-fied versions, and Glen's recognition that Germany hasn't had an easy time of it with their own versions.

Read more

Pages