Arts & Culture

TED Radio Hour
8:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

What Makes Us Happy?

"Most animals learn by trial and error. There's just one problem: error." — Dan Gilbert
Asa Mathat TED

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 8:59 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Our Buggy Brain

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TED Radio Hour
8:54 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Why Do We Cheat?

"The amount of people who are willing to cheat a little bit is just incredible." — Dan Ariely
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 8:58 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Our Buggy Brain

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Movie Reviews
7:53 am
Fri April 27, 2012

An 'Engagement' Going Nowhere, But Endearingly So

When Violet (Emily Blunt) is accepted to a postdoctoral program at the University of Michigan, she and her fiance, Tom (Jason Segel), postpone their wedding plans — along with Tom's career as a chef — and move from San Francisco to Ann Arbor.
Universal Pictures

We start where most movies end: A happy city-slicker couple pledge to spend the rest of their lives together, as a famous American landmark twinkles behind them.

From then on, Nicholas Stoller's weird, endearingly messy The Five-Year Engagement embarks on an uncharted circular voyage. Its two wistful, determined leads — Emily Blunt as grad student Violet and Jason Segel as sous-chef Tom — are caught in a Sisyphean premarital loop.

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Author Interviews
7:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 1:51 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on August 11, 2011. To End All Wars is now available in paperback.

The human cost of World War I was enormous. More than 9 million soldiers and an estimated 12 million civilians died in the four-year-long conflict, which also left 21 million military men wounded.

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Theater
1:41 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Managing The Gershwins' Lucrative Musical Legacy

In Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matthew Broderick plays Jimmy Winter, a New York playboy of the Prohibition era. The show is at the Imperial Theatre.
Joan Marcus Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:24 am

In the 1920s, it wasn't uncommon for the Gershwin Brothers — composer George and lyricist Ira — to have two shows running on Broadway at the same time. What's surprising is that this season, 75 years after George's death, it's happening again, with Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

It's no coincidence: Both shows were generated by the Gershwin estates, the nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews charged with looking after a legacy that's not only highly loved, but immensely lucrative — a multimillion-dollar-a-year responsibility.

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