Arts & Life

8:46am

Sat May 25, 2013
Theater

Equity At 100: More Than Just A Broadway Baby

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:19 am

His statue may be a Theater District landmark now, but George M. Cohan caused no small amount of trouble for Actors' Equity early in its history. The union marks its 100th anniversary this year.
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"Don't put your daughter on the stage," Noel Coward famously cautioned his imaginary Mrs. Worthington, and no wonder: Stage acting is one of the toughest professions imaginable. For all the potential triumph, there's hardly any job security — and more than a little potential for heartbreak and disappointment.

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6:31am

Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

Gateway Arch 'Biography' Reveals Complex History Of An American Icon

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:19 am

The Gateway Arch "is really a monument to the 20th century and to the height of American power," says historian Tracy Campbell.
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The iconic Gateway Arch — overlooking the Mississippi River from the St. Louis side — took almost a generation to build, but the 630-foot monument hasn't transformed the city as hoped in the four decades that have followed.

Conceived in the 1940s and completed in the 1960s, the history of the signature American symbol is described in Tracy Campbell's new book, The Gateway Arch: A Biography. The story has some surprising twists — including, Campbell says, a very early vision of an arch by the Mississippi:

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6:29am

Sat May 25, 2013
Author Interviews

Prepare For Takeoff With 'Cockpit Confidential'

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:19 am

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With summer travel season just over the horizon, millions of Americans are poised to take off for family vacations. But before they reach their destinations, they'll likely endure security lines, luggage fees, tiny bags of pretzels and unexplained delays.

Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and columnist, has written a new book for curious fliers. It's called Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers and Reflections.

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6:11am

Sat May 25, 2013
Garden Report

Control Your Compact Conifers with Annual Pruning

Maybe we can't all achieve this level of art, but we can try...
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There are a lot of shrub-like pine and spruce being planted. They’re great alternatives to junipers. They add year around interest to the landscape.

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5:08am

Sat May 25, 2013
From Our Listeners

Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Geometry' And 'Snowflake'

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 3:39 pm

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NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Snowflake by Winona Wendth of Lancaster, Mass., and Geometry by Eugenie Montague of Los Angeles. You can read their full stories below and find other stories on our Three-Minute Fiction page or on Facebook.

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