Arts & Culture

Movie Reviews
12:45 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Navy veteran Freddie Quell in The Master.
Phil Bray The Weinstein Company

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is both feverish and glacial. The vibe is chilly, but the central character is an unholy mess — and his rage saturates every frame. He's a World War II South Pacific vet named Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix to the hilt — the hilt above the hilt. We meet him at war's end on a tropical beach where he and other soldiers seek sexual relief atop the figure of a woman made out of sand.

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:35 am
Fri September 14, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 13, 2012

No Easy Day, a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, debuts at No. 1.

The Salt
11:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Love To Hate Cilantro? It's In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head

The very sight of this lacy, green herb can cause some people to scream. The great cilantro debate heats up as scientists start pinpointing cilantrophobe genes.
lion heart vintage Flickr.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 pm

There's no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.

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Faith Matters
11:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be A Jew?

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:23 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality. This Sunday night marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what are known as the High Holy Days, for observance used, the most spiritually profound time of year.

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Photography
7:53 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Lost And Found: The Colorful Story Of Charles Cushman

Charles W. Cushman gazes across the Grand Canyon in Arizona, November 1939
The Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University

In the 1990s, a photo historian made a wonderful discovery: In a trove of boxes headed for the trash was a view of American history like he'd never seen it. That is, America in color, as early as 1938.

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