Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson in <em>I Married Who?</em>
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Adrian Pasdar and Amy Huberman in <em>Chasing Leprechauns</em>.
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Wisecracking Friend, Rough-Edged Dude, Helping Moppet, Straitlaced Lady, Wisecracking Friend in <em>A Taste Of Romance</em>. (Technically Rockmond Dunbar, James Patrick Stuart, Bailee Madison, Teri Polo and Romy Rosemont.
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Bradley Snedeker is the actual name of this actor in <em>I Married Who? </em>He plays Kellie Martin's fiance. He is getting The Pullman, and you can tell from this photo. (See how he's on his phone all the time?)
President Obama and Governor Romney have discussed the middle class a great deal during the debates, but the candidates haven't spent nearly as much time talking about the poor. To get a read on the state of poverty in America, host Michel Martin talks with Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Fund and Timothy Noah, a columnist for The New Republic.
Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the mailbag to see what listeners have to say. This week, the program's Twitter feed lit up when rapper Lupe Fiasco talked about why he's a big Johnny Cash fan.
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:03 pm
In theBarbershop, the guys discuss President Obama and Mitt Romney's comedic commentary at a famed dinner Thursday night. Host Michel Martin is joined by writer Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar; National Review columnist Mario Loyola and health care consultant Neil Minkoff.
Civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar regularly offers his thoughts about sports, politics and pop culture in Tell Me More's Barbershop roundtable. For the occasional series In Your Ear, Iftikhar shares his thoughts on the songs that make him dance and keep him happy, including Public Enemy's "He Got Game."
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:43 pm
During a televised debate Thursday on Chicago's WTTW, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) reiterated his opposition to abortion in any circumstance. It's similar to the Republican Party's national platform, which doesn't have any exceptions for abortion in the case of rape or incest. Walsh is taking it a step further — banning abortion to save the life of the mother.
Originally published on Sat October 20, 2012 1:32 pm
The director of Minnesota's Office of Higher Education tells Slate:
Obviously, our office encourages lifelong learning and wants Minnesotans to take advantage of educational materials available on the Internet, particularly if they're free. No Minnesotan should hesitate to take advantage of free, online offerings from Coursera. ...
Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:57 am
Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:45 pm
A California group that pushes hip-hop's boundaries to extremes, Death Grips hadn't been seen in New York City since the release of The Money Store early this year. Since then, Death Grips has recorded (and promptly leaked) another album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, so the crowd was clearly pumped for this show at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge, recorded live Wednesday during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon.
This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.
Buke & Gase Live From (Le) Poisson Rouge (Audio Only)
Sitting down on stage isn't typical of rock bands, but Buke & Gase is neither typical nor really a rock band. Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform feels more like witnessing a divination, as two solemn figures huddle over strange objects, stomp their feet and chant with an intense and eerie focus.
In 1983, Berkeley poet and journalist Mark O'Brien wrote an article about sexual surrogates — women and men trained to help people with disabilities learn to use their bodies to give themselves and others erotic pleasure.
For O'Brien, the subject wasn't academic. After a bout of childhood polio, he had spent much of his life in an iron lung. He could talk, and tap out words on a typewriter holding a stick in his mouth. He could feel things below the neck. But he couldn't move his muscles.
I guess everybody, even the smartest people who ever lived, have days when they feel dumb — really, really dumb. Oct. 1, 1861, was that kind of day for Charles Darwin.
In a letter to his friend Charles Lyell, Darwin says, "I am very poorly today," and then — and I want you to see this exactly as he wrote it, so you know this isn't a fake; it comes from the library of the American Philosophical Society, courtesy of their librarian Charles Greifenstein. Can you read it?
<em>Winner - Behavior: Cold-blooded Anima</em>ls - A yacare caiman waits for fish to come within snapping reach in the shallow, murky waters of Brazil's Pantanal - the biggest wetland in the world. Caimans can grow to be three meters in length.
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<em>Winner, The World In Our Hands Award</em> — The photographer was on a boat in Svalbard, an archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, when she saw this polar bear at around 4 in the morning. She used a fish-eye lens to make the enormous animal appear diminutive and create an impression of "the top predator on top of the planet, with its ice world breaking up."
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<em>Winner, Behavior: Cold-blooded Animals</em> — A yacare caiman waits for fish to come within snapping reach in the shallow, murky waters of Brazil's Pantanal — the largest wetland in the world. Caimans can grow to be 3 meters in length.
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<em>Winner, Creative Visions</em> — In the winter, the 22-kilometer-long estuary of the Ria Celestun on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula attracts thousands of Caribbean flamingos, which congregate here to feed on the microscopic life in the shallow, briny water. They also use their time to engage in synchronous courtship dancing as a prelude to breeding.
Credit Klaus Nigge / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
<em>Winner, Behavior Mammals</em> — Cheetah cubs engage in hunting practice with a wounded Thomson's gazelle calf in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
Credit Grégoire Bouguereau / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
<em>Winner, The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife</em> — An African wild dog is seen in Zimbabwe's Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. The pack had traveled four kilometers to the Sosigi Pan for water, only to find it totally dried up.
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<em>Winner, The Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year (part of a six-picture story)</em> — A young Bengal tiger triggered a camera and photographed itself as it crossed through a fence at Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India. Some parts of the park have insufficient prey for the big cats, so park officials have deliberately made holes in the fence so they can venture out for food.
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<em>Winner, Animal Portraits</em> — An alligator is seen at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Fla. Like cats, alligators have a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye — a structure that reflects light back into the photoreceptor cells to make the most of low light. When light shines into alligators' eyes, the pupils appear to glow red.
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<em>Winner, Eric Hosking Award (part of a larger portfolio)</em> — A nocturnal porcupine is photographed hours before dawn in Canada's Banff National Park. "I had to use a slow shutter speed and maximum aperture opening, along with a narrow flash beam," said the photographer.
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<em>Winner, Urban Wildlife</em> — Forty years ago, a family of 13 people lived in this cottage in Suomusjarvi, Salo, Finland. They are long gone, but it is still a winter home to many woodland creatures, including this red squirrel, which lives in the attic.
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<em>Winner, Behavior: Birds — </em>Emperor penguins jump from the water to escape predatory leopard seals on the edge of the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The birds can skyrocket up to two meters out of the water. The penguins' survival is vital to that of their 2-month-old chicks, hungrily waiting some 10 kilometers away.
Credit Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:18 pm
I admit it: As much as I love hard-hitting photojournalism, there is something about photos of animals that gets me every time. So when I found out that the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest was announcing its winners, I had to take a look.
I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.