Author http://nhpr.org en 7.17.14: Nipsters, Yoyos On The Rise, And Raising Readers In A Digital World http://nhpr.org/post/71714-nipsters-yoyos-rise-and-raising-readers-digital-world <p>With their shaven heads, combat boots and bomber jackets, neo-Nazis used to be pretty easy to pick out of a crowd. Today, not so much. We explore why Europe’s young hyper-nationalists are opting for a more hipster look. Plus, common sense tells us that reading to children is good for them, but it’s more powerful than you might imagine. We’ll look into the practice of interactive reading and share tricks for bringing up book worms in the age of screens and digital devices. And, not all princesses are polite and demure. We remember some princesses for their bad behavior.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:13:45 +0000 Word of Mouth 52107 at http://nhpr.org 7.17.14: Nipsters, Yoyos On The Rise, And Raising Readers In A Digital World 7.15.14: MLB Interpreters, English's Loaned Words, And The Arsonist http://nhpr.org/post/71514-mlb-interpreters-englishs-loaned-words-and-arsonist <p>With more than a quarter of the players born outside the US, professional baseball is the UN of American pro sports. We take a look at a position <em>crucial</em> to a team’s success:&nbsp; the interpreter…and how the job requires more than mere translation. Plus, France’s government is banning English words like ‘fast-food’ and ‘hashtag’ in the name of cultural preservation…we find out why the words are unlikely to disappear from the vernacular anytime soon. And, Sue Miller speaks about her new book, <em>The Arsonist</em>.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:01:54 +0000 Word of Mouth 51948 at http://nhpr.org 7.15.14: MLB Interpreters, English's Loaned Words, And The Arsonist What Is "Twee"? http://nhpr.org/post/what-twee <p>We spoke with <strong>Marc Spitz</strong> about his new book <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062213044/twee"><em>Twee</em></a>, in which he tries to give a comprehensive and explanatory history of “the gentle revolution.”</p><p><em>(You can hear that conversation <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass">here</a>.)</em></p><p>The tenants of Twee are varied but they come down to this: there is darkness in this world that can only be overcome by cultivating passions that foster beauty and evoke a sense of innocence, goodness, and childhood.</p><p>In other words, when the world gets scary, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo">just put a bird on it</a>.</p><p>As with any cultural movement, the question of Twee can spark long debates (and trying to sort through “Twee vs. Not Twee” makes an awesome party game). To get you up to speed, here’s a handy list of things that are definitively Twee. As Twee defies categorization, we present this to you as a holistic experience, books mixing with music mixing with…hairstyles?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Molly Donahue 49822 at http://nhpr.org What Is "Twee"? 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass <p>We are in the midst of a cultural movement…it’s called Twee and boy is it precious. Today we look into the gentle revolution that is Twee…from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films, why this retro wish for innocence is thriving. Then, we hear from a local jazz musician who has just released his debut album to good reviews. He has a long career ahead of him since he’s only 20 years old. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd Glass. He’s been performing stand-up since 1982, but he made his boldest move in 2012 when he came out publicly as gay on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 49893 at http://nhpr.org 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass 3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed http://nhpr.org/post/32614-novelist-ismael-beah-economics-satisfaction-guaranteed <p>L.L. Bean, The North Face, Nordstrom and Land’s End all sell apparel, but they have another thing in common: they guarantee their merchandise for <em>life</em>. But is that really a shrewd business move? Today on Word of Mouth, the pros and cons of the lifetime guarantee. &nbsp;Plus, Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> interviews a few people who have tested that policy, and talks to one company’s PR rep about the fine print of their policy.</p><p>Also today, child-soldier-turned novelist <strong>Ishmael Beah</strong> talks about rebuilding lives, communities, and trust after a brutal war.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:34:43 +0000 Word of Mouth 45650 at http://nhpr.org 3.26.14: Novelist Ismael Beah & The Economics Of Satisfaction Guaranteed Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bj-novak <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">NHPR and The Music Hall present&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Writers on a New England Stage</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;with <a href="http://instagram.com/picturesoftext" target="_blank">B.J. Novak</a></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, recorded live at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;in Portsmouth. </span></p><p>Best known for his role as “Ryan the Temp” on <em>The Office</em>, Novak talks with us about his debut collection of short stories <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385351836" target="_blank"><em>One More Thing</em></a> which he thinks is even more revealing than a memoir.</p><p>We’ll also get his take on his rising fame, and the not-so-heavy burden of being a celebrity author.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:15:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 44434 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage - B.J. Novak Writers On A New England Stage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-supreme-court-justice-sonia-sotomayor <p></p><p></p><p>NHPR and The Music Hall present <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/writers_on_a_new_england_stage" target="_blank"><em>Writers on a New England Stage</em></a> with Supreme Court Justice <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx" target="_blank">Sonia Sotomayor</a>, recorded live at <a href="http://www.themusichall.org/" target="_blank">The Music Hall</a> in Portsmouth. Justice Sotomayor sat down with Virginia Prescott to discuss her memoir, <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307594884" target="_blank"><em>My Beloved World</em>. </a>She's not permitted to comment on current cases, which gave Virginia plenty of time to discuss Justice Sotomayor's childhood in the Bronx, what it was like to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and counseling a Sesame Street character, Abby Cadabby on possible career choices.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:45:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 43297 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Entering The 'Promise Land' Of Self-Help http://nhpr.org/post/entering-promise-land-self-help <p>Three weeks into the New Year, sticking to that resolution to exercise more or stop eating sugar or drink less may feel a little extreme. So, what do you do? Shrug your shoulders and reach for another cupcake? Log onto veganlife.com? Head for the bookstore to find somebody, anybody, who can guide us to be fitter, happier, radiant human beings? From the meditations of Marcus Aurelius to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac,”&nbsp; people have been reaching for advice on how to be more fully actualized since long before being self-actualized was a term. The writer <a href="http://www.promiselandbook.com/main.html" target="_blank"><strong>Jessica Lamb-Shapiro </strong></a>set out to explore the 11-billion dollar industry of self-improvement books, seminars, and coaching to figure out why people follow them so devoutly--if they work--and what happens when they don’t. She’s written a memoir called, <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781439100196" target="_blank"><em>Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture.</em></a></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:05:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42240 at http://nhpr.org Entering The 'Promise Land' Of Self-Help Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler' http://nhpr.org/post/nicholson-baker-paul-chowder-and-traveling-sprinkler <p>Author <strong>Nicholson Baker</strong> joins us to talk about his recurring character Paul Chowder. The procrastinating poet first tuned up in Baker's novel <em>The Anthologist</em>, and is now the center of his latest book,<em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/books/review/nicholson-bakers-traveling-sprinkler.html?_r=0">Traveling Sprinkler.</a></em></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:51:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37573 at http://nhpr.org Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler'