Neda Ulaby http://www.kunc.org en Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist http://www.kunc.org/post/rainbow-rowell-does-romance-subversive-read-realistic-twist Rainbow Rowell writes conventional fiction unconventionally. They're romances, but there's no meeting-cute, or ripping bodices — the people in them seem real.<p>Rowell got a lot of attention last year for her best-selling young adult romance, <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/190377730/eleanor-park" target="_blank">Eleanor & Park</a>, about a half-white, half-Korean boy who falls in love with an overweight white girl. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 58667 at http://www.kunc.org Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track http://www.kunc.org/post/snowpiercer-never-ending-train-ride-and-society-badly-track The world has frozen over in the movie<em> Snowpiercer. </em>Set after a climate change disaster, all the action happens aboard a train that has to keep circling the globe for its passengers to stay alive.<p>The movie itself is uniquely international: <em>Snowpiercer</em> is based on the French graphic novel <em>Le Transperceneige</em> by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. It's directed by a Korean auteur and stars Hollywood A-listers including Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris. The movie opened in South Korea last summer. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 58370 at http://www.kunc.org In 'Snowpiercer,' A Never-Ending Train Ride And A Society Badly Off Track Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics http://www.kunc.org/post/why-tv-drama-so-obsessed-pandemics Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>And now for a warning. Television is in the grip of a terrifying pandemic. Or maybe an obsession with pandemics is a better way to put it. This year has seen a feverish spike in dramas where the antagonist is a deadly virus. These shows include "Helix" on Sy-fy, "The Strain" on FX and "The Last Ship," which starts Sunday on TNT. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 58070 at http://www.kunc.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://www.kunc.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 57482 at http://www.kunc.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast http://www.kunc.org/post/pricey-cities-being-bohemian-starving-artist-gets-old-fast There are very few professions where poverty is romanticized, but if you're a Franciscan friar or an artist, being poor is seen as somehow ennobling. Josh Shaw, who ran a recent <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOnIDWIaC2g" target="_blank">Pacific Opera Project production</a> of <em>La Boheme</em> in Los Angeles, says the opera's famous story of starving artists hits a little close to home.<p>"There's been times recently ... where I have practically nothing in my bank account," Shaw says. Thu, 15 May 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 56577 at http://www.kunc.org In Pricey Cities, Being A Bohemian Starving Artist Gets Old Fast