Arts + Life http://wcbe.org en The Diagnosis: Politics Fatigue Syndrome http://wcbe.org/post/diagnosis-politics-fatigue-syndrome Politics Fatigue Syndrome — it strikes many people in many ways. Swelling anger. Watery expectations. Sniffling insecurity. That nagging sense of hopelessness when it comes to the efficacy of political action.<p>Historically, one of the salient symptoms is extreme lethargy. A while back, a reporter from the <em>Atlanta Constitution</em> noted that there was not much interest in the congressional elections in New Hampshire: "The people are utterly tired of politics." The year was 1877.<p>Another is headaches. "Don't talk to me about politics. They're a headache. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:21:06 +0000 Linton Weeks 60157 at http://wcbe.org The Diagnosis: Politics Fatigue Syndrome Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher http://wcbe.org/post/former-student-dropped-out-still-appreciates-special-teacher <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Former+Student+Dropped+Out%2C+But+Still+Appreciates+A+Special+Teacher&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MjcxMDEyMTY4NDQ0MzA5ZWJiNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 60116 at http://wcbe.org Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? http://wcbe.org/post/does-your-dog-feel-jealous-or-purely-human-flaw When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?<p>Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 60018 at http://wcbe.org Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw? What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS http://wcbe.org/post/what-golden-girls-taught-us-about-aids <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRoKiwmgFkw</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:40 +0000 BARBARA FLETCHER 60002 at http://wcbe.org What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS Without Conflict There Is No Growth http://wcbe.org/post/without-conflict-there-no-growth Where do values come from? Culture? Life experience? Family traditions? Upbringing? Religion? How do we decide what is right and what is wrong, given that, in most situations, there are arguments for and against opposing viewpoints? Often, what is right for one person is wrong for another, and from these tensions conflict arises. We see this in our families, in our workplace, in religious conflicts, in political disputes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:19:44 +0000 editor 60000 at http://wcbe.org Without Conflict There Is No Growth A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone http://wcbe.org/post/plan-untangle-our-digital-lives-after-were-gone Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:00 +0000 editor 59999 at http://wcbe.org A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens http://wcbe.org/post/our-birds-migratory-journeys-converge-baltimore-gardens A couple of times a month, a group of migrant women and their children gather to plant shrubs and flowers in Baltimore's expansive Patterson Park.<p>The gardens feed and shelter migratory birds as part of the Patterson Park Audubon Center's Bird Ambassadors program.<p>Neotropical birds like the black-throated blue warbler and the Baltimore oriole migrate from the East Coast down to places like Mexico and Central America for the winter, says Susie Creamer, director of urban education and conservation at the center.<p>"If you think about a bird flying above, up the East Coast, city after city, s Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:59:51 +0000 editor 59912 at http://wcbe.org 'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time http://wcbe.org/post/swirls-steel-these-sculptures-mark-passage-people-and-time Growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s, Albert Paley played with blocks and Legos. And he loved wandering the streets, scavenging bottle caps, matchbook covers, cigar bands and "picking up pebbles that I thought were interesting," he recalls.<p>Now 70, the American sculptor has moved from pebbles to monumental gates. His iron and steel works adorn Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rochester, N.Y. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:56:49 +0000 Susan Stamberg 59910 at http://wcbe.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wcbe.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 59887 at http://wcbe.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight http://wcbe.org/post/monty-python-reunion-show-circus-makes-one-last-flight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlBUglE6Hc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:07:59 +0000 Rich Preston 59854 at http://wcbe.org At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles http://wcbe.org/post/humor-dead-and-breathing-dives-end-life-struggles The play <em>Dead and Breathing</em> begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.<p>The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.<p>It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's <a href="http://catf.org/">Contemporary American Theater Festival</a> in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:15:06 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 59851 at http://wcbe.org With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' http://wcbe.org/post/television-critics-give-big-awards-breaking-bad-orange-new-black The Television Critics Association is a funny animal. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:02 +0000 Linda Holmes 59848 at http://wcbe.org Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies http://wcbe.org/post/actor-james-garner-rockford-files-dies Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>OK, we don't to let that play much longer for you to know where we're going with this - the theme from "The Rockford Files" and a few seconds to remember actor, James Garner. He died yesterday at home, here in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Oklahoma, Garner was a Korean War vet. He got his start in Hollywood with small parts in Westerns. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 editor 59826 at http://wcbe.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://wcbe.org/post/appreciating-james-garner-tvs-best-unhero I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <em>The Rockford Files</em>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.<p>Perpetually strapped for cash and working a case that wasn't likely to change that situation, Rockford was a wrongly imprisoned ex-con who cloaked his heroism in a cynic's quips and world-weary attitude (Hayes was a physically intimidating fellow ex-con who always misp Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 59825 at http://wcbe.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself http://wcbe.org/post/when-defending-your-writing-becomes-defending-yourself In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is.<p>Like many writers of color, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html">I read Junot Diaz's "MFA vs. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 editor 59824 at http://wcbe.org In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone http://wcbe.org/post/world-global-gestures-fist-bump-stands-alone Back in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama launched a media storm when he nonchalantly fist bumped his wife Michelle. "Obama's Fist-bump Rocks The Nation!: <em>The Huffington Post</em> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/06/obama-fist-bump-rocks-the_n_105490.html">exclaimed</a>. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 59781 at http://wcbe.org In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://wcbe.org/post/actress-elaine-stritch-her-own-greatest-character-dies-89 Elaine Stritch — one of Broadway's boldest and brassiest performers — has died. With that gravelly voice — and those long legs — and that utter command of the stage, Stritch was a bona fide Broadway star. Not as a classic leading lady, necessarily, but as the hardened-yet-vulnerable performer audiences couldn't forget. Stritch died of natural causes Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 59732 at http://wcbe.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' http://wcbe.org/post/summers-tv-press-tour-resounding-sense-meh There's a widespread belief that critics hate everything, revel in hating everything, and cannot be pleased. It's widespread and wrong, though.<p>That fact has never been clearer to me than at this year's summer press tour, where — while I certainly can't speak for everyone — it seems like there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced back to the fact that ... we're not loving anything. Reviewing television has been for the last few years quite like reviewing anything: You hunt for the exceptional in a mixed bag of the ordinary and the lousy. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:56 +0000 Linda Holmes 59598 at http://wcbe.org At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh' Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity http://wcbe.org/post/viola-davis-gets-groundbreaking-role-abc-bets-diversity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqqjDv6_dU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSl-SPyHtg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOutgc-GG6g</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 59599 at http://wcbe.org Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books http://wcbe.org/post/bright-benches-london-shows-its-love-books Chicago had <a href="http://www.chicagotraveler.com/cows_on_parade.htm" target="_blank">cows</a>, St. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:36:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 59581 at http://wcbe.org With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books