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'The Jingle King' Tracks Decline Of Original Music In Advertising

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

Steve Karmen wrote a number of famous jingles, including Budweiser Beer's, "When You Say Bud," the New York State song, "I Love New York", the jingle, "Here Comes the King," the Exxon Song and Wrigley Spearmint Gum's, "Carry The Big Fresh Flavor." He also composed several music scores for motion pictures during the 1960s, and performed briefly as a Calypso singer, achieving some recognition in Trinidad during that time. Karmen is the recipient of 16 Clio Awards. NPR explores how the business of writing the music for advertising has changed.

Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 12:12pm

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.

Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:31pm

In his Billy on the Street series, Eichner roams the sidewalks of Manhattan, asking strangers open-ended questions about the entertainment industry. If he likes their answers, he gives them a dollar.

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 8:43am

Much of what is known of Artemisia Gentileschi comes from her testimony in the trial of a painter who raped her. "Now we try to go back and fill in and properly understand," says a curator.

Apartheid Is Long Gone, But African Food Is Still Hard To Find In Cape Town

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 6:00am

South Africa's capital is now a global food hot spot. But the lack of restaurants serving traditional dishes of the continent speaks to larger concerns about what this post-apartheid society values.

When A Professor Laughed At Her Queens Accent, Writer Tara Clancy Doubled Down

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:22am

She says, "Instead of feeling mortified, I felt defiant." In The Clancys of Queens, Clancy tells stories of growing up in a working-class, New York family.

NPR Taste Test: Pastries To Sweeten Your Holiday Party

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:10am

Pastry chef Aggie Chin showed up at Weekend Edition with a box of scrumptious bite-sized desserts. She talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about sweet treats to prepare for your holiday party.

Comedian Jenny Slate And Her Father Share Family Stories In 'About The House'

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:10am

About the House is a collection of stories, essays and poems by Ron Slate and his daughter, comedian Jenny Slate. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to the Slates about their collaboration.

Director Martin Scorsese Gets A New York Museum Exhibit

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:10am

The first major U.S. exhibition about the director opens in New York at the Museum of the Moving Image, with costumes, props and storyboards from Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York and other films.

Reading The Game: No Man's Sky

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 5:32am

Some of the best, wildest, most moving storytelling right now isn't on TV or in movies — it's in video games. So we're taking a literary look at one of this year's hottest games, No Man's Sky.

After A Year On The Job, Stephen Colbert Finds His Voice On 'The Late Show'

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 4:06pm

At a taping of the show this week, during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Late Show writers and producers explain how they managed to turn the program around after a rough start.

Not My Job: We Quiz Sen. Bernie Sanders On KFC's Colonel Sanders

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 10:00am

This week, we welcome the world's foremost Larry David impersonator (and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate) onto the show.

Retired Stars Find Assisted Living At The Lillian Booth Home

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:27am

The Lillian Booth Home in Englewood, N.J., is run by the Actors Fund as both a nursing facility and assisted living. Like the residents, many of the staff come from the entertainment industry.

Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:27am

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn't center around a wealthy Victorian family.

Actor Kirk Douglas Turns 100

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:27am

The actor — who played a boxer, a hard-bitten detective, a cynical reporter, Doc Holliday, Vincent Van Gogh and a French colonel — turned 100. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on Kirk Douglas' career.

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 6:00am

This new anthology of science fiction and fantasy, edited by Hassan Blasim, imagines Iraq 100 years after the invasion of 2003. Harrowing, necessary, often beautiful, it resists comfort and catharsis.

'Land Of Mine': Explosively Understated

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:00pm

Denmark's Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film is Land of Mine, a movie about German boys disarming landmines left behind after World War II.

Trump To Retain Credit As Executive Producer Of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new "boss" Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC's past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.

'Deadspin' Columnist Outlines Hater's Guide To Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro talk with Deadspin columnist Drew Magary about his hater's guide to the Williams-Sonoma catalog.

Showbiz Dreams Collide With Reality In 'La La Land'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

Damien Chazelle's latest film is a modern take on classic 1930s musicals. It's the story of a musician and a frustrated actress, learning to reconcile their dreams with the reality of Hollywood life.

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