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12:48 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Retro Is The New Retro

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:09 am

Here's a linguistic oddity for you: Retronyms are names for things that have to be altered after newer versions appear. What retronym was needed after the electric guitar arrived? Acoustic guitar.

Heard in Episode 328: Pack Your Knives And Go Play Trivia

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12:47 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Seen here in 2005, Geoffrey Holder was a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter and choreographer.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 11:52 am

Shortly after the death of dancer, choreographer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder, his son, Leo, composed and shared this letter about the end of his father's life.

This Is A True Story

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014
October 5th

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5:21 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs in New York. Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban because she advocated education for girls, has been been named one of two recipients for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 5:00 pm

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, will share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says on Nobelprize.org:

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3:35 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Where's Thor When You Need Her? Women In Comics Fight An Uphill Battle

"If she be worthy." A mysterious masked woman has taken up the hammer — and mantle — of Thor.
Marvel

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 9:03 am

The first issue of Marvel's new Thor is now on newsstands. In it, a mysterious woman shows that she, too, is worthy of wielding the hammer of Thor.

She joins a growing list of superhuman heroines leading their own comic books — Captain Marvel, Batgirl and Catwoman, among others — as Marvel and DC push to diversify and improve the representation of women on their pages.

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8:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Matt Fraction to speak at CCAD

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Credit Laurenn McCubbin

Matt Fraction (Twitter) writes comic books and won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels.

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5:58 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

Dr. Albert Johnston passed in order to practice medicine. After living as leading citizens in Keene, N.H., the Johnstons revealed their true racial identity, and became national news.
Historical Society of Cheshire County

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 2:24 pm

Several years ago, Stanford historian Allyson Hobbs was talking with a favorite aunt, who was also the family storyteller. Hobbs learned that she had a distant cousin whom she'd never met nor heard of.

Which is exactly the way the cousin wanted it.

Hobbs' cousin had been living as white, far away in California, since she'd graduated from high school. This was at the insistence of her mother.

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4:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash on The CW's The Flash.
Jack Rowand The CW

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 2:03 pm

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, it seems there are more TV shows based on comic books in prime time than ever before.

And a look at two of the best new network TV dramas this fall also reveals two different ways to tell superhero stories on television, both with wonderful results.

It's tough to find a more traditional superhero story than The CW's take on The Flash, which opens with a voice over from the hero himself:

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1:28 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

Alex Sharp stars as 15-year-old Christopher in the theater adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Courtesy of Joan Marcus

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 12:37 pm

British novelist Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time became an international best-seller after it was published in England in 2003. The book is told entirely from the perspective of a brilliant 15-year-old boy who happens to be autistic, and a stage adaptation, which has been an award-winning hit in London, just opened on Broadway to rave reviews.

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1:23 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

How Do U Film Txts? Here's How Technology And Cinema Evolve Together.

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 4:46 pm

If you love movies, give yourself the next five minutes to watch this video.

Every Frame a Painting is a series of explorations on films and film technique by Tony Zhou, a San Francisco based filmmaker and editor. In each "video essay," Zhou unpacks the cinematic craft with humor and insight.

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9:14 am
Fri October 3, 2014

'Bob's Burgers' Serves Up Gently Savory Entertainment

Bob's Burgers won this year's Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
Fox

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 10:35 am

It's not news that cartoons aren't child's play anymore: The Simpsons' dysfunctional family of five debuted way back in 1989. Then came Family Guy, also on the FOX network, and even darker and edgier.

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9:13 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Growing Up Broke Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

Sonia Vasquez with her daughter, Tina, during a recent visit with StoryCorps in New York City.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 5:03 pm

Sonia Vasquez raised her daughter, Tina, just outside New York City. And when money was tight, Sonia would take on multiple jobs to pay the bills.

"I was a day care provider. I work at the gym in the deli. I take care of the elderly," Sonia, now 63, told her daughter, now 29, during a recent visit with StoryCorps.

One night, while going home, she was so exhausted that she fell asleep at the wheel. Luckily, it was at a red light.

At times, she says, she feared it was taking a toll on her ability to be a good mom.

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9:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

It's One Night you should attend

Amy Tillinghast in the WCBE studio
Credit Doug Dangler

Got an itch to buy some new art to go with your collection, but your bank account is a little low? Make plans to attend One Night,  the main fundraising event for the Ohio Art League. One Night will happen on Friday, October 10, and you can learn more about it by listening to my talk with Ohio Art League board member Amy Tillinghast, or watching our YouTube video, which features many great images courtesy of the Ohio Art League.

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1:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But she needs help from Henry (John Cho).
Nicole Wilder ABC

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:21 pm

The pilot of the ABC show Selfie, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho in a Pygmalion update built on the notion that being obsessed with Twitter is the new Flawed But Fixable Personality Problem, is only about 22 minutes long — a little less. Given that pilots always have to contain a certain amount of pure exposition, that barely seems like enough time for the pilot to have both good parts and bad parts.

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1:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

For Single Women, An 'Infinite Variety Of Paths'

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:46 pm

Over time, the image of the single woman has evolved — from Mary Tyler Moore to When Harry Met Sally to Sex and the City to 30 Rock's Liz Lemon.

Writer Rebecca Traister says until very recently, getting married marked the beginning of a woman's adult life. But in the past few decades, there has been a dramatic jump in the average age women get married — from around 22 to around 27 — a change that's been profound.

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1:19 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

WCBE Presents Dennis McNally Tues. Sept. 30, 2014@11AM!

Writer, historian and music publicist, Dennis McNally will stop by WCBE for an on-air visit.

He's in Central Ohio to present “Why the Sixties Happened – And Still Are”, at Ohio Wesleyan University at Benes Room A of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware, Sept. 30th, at 4:10 p.m.

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5:46 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits

Theaters that call themselves 4-D use lights, moving seats, fog and even sprays of water and air to give moviegoers a unique experience — one they hope audiences will consider worthy of higher ticket prices.
Ernesto López Ruiz Courtesy of CJ E&M America

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 2:10 pm

Some experimental features have been popping up in movie theaters lately. One of them is a so-called 4-D experience. It's hard to describe in words exactly what a 4-D movie experience feels like, but here's one attempt: it is intense.

During a recent screening of Guardians of the Galaxy in 4-D at the Regal Cinemas LA Live theater, the seat moved up and down and side to side, like a simulator ride. There were strobe lights; fog seemed to come out of the walls and little jets of water sprayed over the seats.

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10:33 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

Ben McKenzie (front right) and Donal Logue (left) lead the cast of Fox's Batman prequel Gotham.
Fox TV

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:20 am

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9:55 am
Mon September 22, 2014

In 'Transparent', Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor are two of the stars of Transparent, in which Tambor's character comes out as transgender to her three adult children.
Beth Dubber Amazon Studios

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 11:59 am

This fall, one of the more interesting and bold TV shows you'll see isn't being released by a major network — instead, it's coming out of Amazon Studios.

Transparent is a comedy-drama that centers on a family and their lives following the discovery that their father, whom they'd known as Mort (played by Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development fame) is a transgender woman named Maura.

"Are you saying you're going to start dressing up like a lady all of the time?" asks daughter Sarah (Amy Landecker).

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9:50 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stuntwoman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

In order to secure a career as a stuntwoman, Georgia Durante would show up on Hollywood film sets asking for work. At first, directors ignored her. Then they saw her drive.
Courtesy of Georgia Durante

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 11:20 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Georgia Durante's life has taken some unexpected turns. She was a model for Kodak — a "Kodak Girl" — who went on to do TV and commercial work as a stunt driver. In the '90s, she appeared in Chevrolet ads and was the stunt double for Cindy Crawford in a Pepsi commercial.

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9:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Being Good Isn't Zero Sum

Choosing these lemon cupcakes because they're vegan doesn't mean you have to give up your other causes.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 11:53 am

As a (mostly vegan) vegetarian for ethical reasons, I've encountered all sorts of responses to arguments for animal welfare. Here's one that I've heard surprisingly often, nabbed from a comment to a recent article arguing that atheists should be vegan:

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