NPR News

Pages

10:01pm

Mon December 19, 2011
Music

Two Takes On Christmas Music: Sweet And Sour

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:04 am

Bob Dorough circa 1960.
Jon Sievert Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

What do you get when one of the songwriters behind a beloved children's program and a champion of challenging new music each approach Christmas songs in their own ways?

Not what you might expect.

Saxophonist, composer and MacArthur "genius" John Zorn is also a record producer who runs his own label, Tzadik — the Hebrew word for "righteous one." The top of the label's website reads:

Tzadik is dedicated to releasing the best in avant-garde and experimental music.

Read more
Tags: 

10:01pm

Mon December 19, 2011
Asia

India's Techies Angered Over Internet Censorship Plan

Originally published on Wed December 28, 2011 11:20 am

An activist of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena hold placards and roses outside the residence of Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal in New Delhi.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

India has the world's largest democracy, and one of the most rambunctious. Millions of its young people are cutting edge when it comes to high-tech.

Yet the country is still very conservative by Western standards, and a government minister recently said that offensive material on the web should be removed.

The way it was reported in India, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal started the whole row by assembling the heads of social networking sites at a meeting in his office in New Delhi.

Read more

10:01pm

Mon December 19, 2011
Movies

From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig's Next Big Role

Originally published on Tue December 20, 2011 9:30 am

Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with the title character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is the second iconic character that actor Daniel Craig (right, with Christopher Plummer) has tackled in the space of a half-decade.
Sony/Columbia

Actor Daniel Craig is used to taking on iconic characters. In 2006, he famously shook up the 007 franchise as a new, blond James Bond. And his latest on-screen character, though he has somewhat less swagger and not nearly as much style, is almost as well-known.

In David Fincher's film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Craig plays investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the leading man in a trio of thrillers by Swedish author Stieg Larsson that has sold 65 million copies worldwide.

Read more

6:30pm

Mon December 19, 2011
Books

The Enduring Popularity Of Sherlock Holmes

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 8:42 am

It's been more than a century since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print and captivated a generation of readers. Arthur Conan Doyle's methodical sleuth has been stirring imaginations ever since — even now, the Holmes canon continues to grow.

Read more

4:10pm

Mon December 19, 2011
Presidential Race

Despite Spate Of Negative Ads, Gingrich Stays Positive

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 5:44 pm

Newt Gingrich speaks Monday at Global Security Services in Davenport, Iowa. Despite falling poll numbers, Gingrich says he will avoid negative campaigning.
Chris Carlson Associated Press

The airwaves in Iowa are filled with a lot of people saying some not very nice things about Newt Gingrich.

Read more

Pages