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Chris Thomas Is Making Haunted Houses Much Scarier

Friday, October 24, 2014

Enough with the pipe organs and canned screams; one composer is making haunted houses as scary as a horror movie.

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How Devo Became Devo

Friday, October 24, 2014

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were students at Kent State in 1970, when the shootings led them to reject the counterculture they had been part of. 

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Juliette Binoche, Mark Mothersbaugh, & Composing a Spookier Haunted House

Friday, October 24, 2014

Juliette Binoche’s latest movie, Clouds of Sils Maria, is a meta-fictional treat. Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh gets an art retrospective, and a composer makes haunted houses scarier. 

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Mark Mothersbaugh Is Happy to Be Co-Opted

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mark Mothersbaugh makes catchy film scores for Wes Anderson, ads for Nike, rugs for art collectors — anything to plant his subversive messages in the mainstream.

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Juliette Binoche to Hollywood: Been There, Done That

Friday, October 24, 2014

After making her name with art-house films and turning down blockbusters in the 1990s, Juliette Binoche explains why she decided to do Godzilla.  

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PRI's The World

I wanted the flashy electric lights for Diwali, but my dad wanted the boring oil lamps

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For Indian-American writer Deepak Singh, Diwali in India was a time for getting new clothes, eating sweets and arguing with his father over Diwali lights.

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With a tweet, Kenny G dips his sax into an international protest

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kenny G is a massive star in China, so a photo he tweeted while hanging out with protesters in Hong Kong didn't go down well in Beijing. But his attempts to apologize didn't make things much better.

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The Comedians' General Store

Thursday, October 23, 2014

H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman want to treat you to a "post-structural shopping experience," starting with a Mystery Sack you can order for $40.
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What it means when you see a Russian guy with a knife tattooed on his neck

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Back in the Soviet era, prison tattoos among criminals had a language all their own. A criminal's body served as a hard-earned record of his crimes, status — and maybe even some questionable bets.

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A filmmaker’s journey along the US-Mexico border shows it's 'a very powerful idea to have a line'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At a time when the border between the US and Mexico is a lightning rod for public opinion, Rodrigo Reyes’ film “Purgatorio" offers an on-the-ground view of people from both sides of the fence.

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Carving Old Books Into Works of Art

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is your dictionary – but beautiful. Brian Dettmer carves intricate sculptures out of old reference books.
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Dominican designers were inspired by native son Oscar de la Renta

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, who died on Monday at 82, was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. But after leaving at 18 and becoming famous around the world, he still maintained ties to his home and fellow fashion designers there, who are clamoring to have a street named after him.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Outsmarting Ebola

Monday, October 20, 2014

Richard Preston, author of the 1994 best-seller “The Hot Zone,” about the origins of Ebola, clears up some misconceptions about the current outbreak.

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Arctic cultures could be under threat as mining and oil come to their lands

Monday, October 20, 2014

This summer, the first-ever Beringia Arctic Games brought Arctic natives from around the world to compete in far eastern Russia. But while the Russian government wants to make it an annual tourist attraction, the games may be a last gasp for Arctic cultures in the face of mining and oil booms.

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Rooftop Giants: New York Water Towers

Monday, October 20, 2014

Photographer Ronnie Farley says every New York water tower has a personality: "Some have faces, some are clustered together like families."
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Hong Kongers see their famously freewheeling press under threat

Friday, October 17, 2014

The protests in Hong Kong are about democratic reform. But they’re also putting a spotlight on the issue of press freedom in the Chinese territory, where the news media’s reputation for being fiercely independent is now in question.

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Blake Mills Is in It for the Girls

Friday, October 17, 2014

The singer and virtuoso guitarist explains the real reason he started writing his heartfelt, heartbreaking songs.

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Older Musicians Would Like Some Royalties, Too

Friday, October 17, 2014

Right now, songs recorded before 1972 don’t get the same royalties as newer songs. Rosanne Cash says that’s not fair to aging artists.

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This Is the Room Your Favorite Song Came From

Friday, October 17, 2014

The storied RCA Studio A in Nashville has produced some of our greatest pop music — but until a last-minute reprieve, it almost became condos. 

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Alison Bechdel Passes the Test

Friday, October 17, 2014

The cartoonist and author of the memoir Fun Home explains why she had to retire her beloved, long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For.

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