http://nhpr.org en D'Oh! Springfield In 'Simpsons' Was Based On Town In Oregon All Along http://nhpr.org/post/doh-springfield-simpsons-was-based-town-oregon-all-along Ay Caramba! <em>Simpsons</em> creator Matt Groening has revealed the location of the real Springfield: It's in Oregon.<p>In an interview with <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Matt-Groening-Reveals-the-Location-of-the-Real-Springfield.html"><em>Smithsonian</em> magazine</a>, posted online Tuesday, Groening credits the name to the hit TV show <em>Father Knows Best</em>.<p>The show "took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown," he says. "When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:58:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 3059 at http://nhpr.org D'Oh! Springfield In 'Simpsons' Was Based On Town In Oregon All Along Many Colors Of Prejudice Are Revealed In 'Dark Girls' http://nhpr.org/post/many-colors-prejudice-are-revealed-dark-girls Bill Duke knew he was going to get flak from a lot of people before he ever turned the cameras on to film<em> Dark Girls</em>, a new documentary about the painful encounters dark-skinned black women experience in a society where lighter is usually considered better.<p>It's a subject that has, more often than not, been considered taboo to discuss outside the black community. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 2962 at http://nhpr.org Many Colors Of Prejudice Are Revealed In 'Dark Girls' That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking http://nhpr.org/post/thats-all-folks-kevin-smith-leaving-filmmaking When 21-year-old Kevin Smith decided he wanted to be a filmmaker, his sister gave him some advice: "Don't say you want to be a filmmaker; just be one." So he did. He made his first film, <em>Clerks</em>, on a shoestring, shooting at the convenience store where he worked.<p>Smith has gone on to have a long and quirky career; his films, including <em>Chasing Amy</em> and <em>Dogma</em>, bear his unmistakable imprimatur — the black humor, the verbose slacker genius characters. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:49:00 +0000 2624 at http://nhpr.org That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking Et tu, Macbeth? http://nhpr.org/post/et-tu-macbeth <p>The Shakespeare classic gets rebooted to highlight Macbeth's decidedly modern themes.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:07:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2513 at http://nhpr.org Et tu, Macbeth? African-American Museum Breaks Ground In D.C. http://nhpr.org/post/african-american-museum-breaks-ground-dc President Obama spoke Wednesday at the formal groundbreaking for the Smithsonian's newest museum, the <a href="http://nmaahc.si.edu/" target="_blank">National Museum of African American History and Culture</a> in Washington, D.C. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:07:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 2059 at http://nhpr.org African-American Museum Breaks Ground In D.C. 'Chico And Rita' And All That Jazz http://nhpr.org/post/chico-and-rita-and-all-jazz In the 11 years since the Oscars introduced an award for Best Animated Feature, the category has been dominated by children's movies, often with computer-animated pandas, penguins and ogres at their center. This year's a little different. Two of the animated films are subtitled, and one is definitely aimed at adults: the Spanish film <em>Chico and Rita,</em> an animated love story steeped in jazz.<p>Think Havana, 1946, rendered in pen and ink, vintage cars roaring down tropical streets that are all horizontals and a riot of color. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 1827 at http://nhpr.org 'Chico And Rita' And All That Jazz Gang Signs And A Sticker: Chicago Pulls Teen's Design http://nhpr.org/post/gang-signs-and-sticker-chicago-pulls-teens-design It's one of the few politician-sponsored activities that should be free of controversy: a high school art contest.<p>But an annual citywide competition to design the stickers affixed to every windshield in Chicago has suddenly become a public relations nightmare.<p>The sticker, designed by 15-year-old Herbie Pulgar, depicts Chicago's famous skyline inside of a heart, with a backdrop of the city's blue and white flag. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 1821 at http://nhpr.org Gang Signs And A Sticker: Chicago Pulls Teen's Design Whose Fingers Are On The Victoria's Secret Model's Shoulder? http://nhpr.org/post/whose-fingers-are-victorias-secret-models-shoulder <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmzPWK6FVLo</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:27:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 1647 at http://nhpr.org Whose Fingers Are On The Victoria's Secret Model's Shoulder? And the Oscar SHOULD go to... http://nhpr.org/post/and-oscar-should-go <p>Film critic Garen Daly rounds up the surprise picks and aggregious snubs from this year's Oscar noms.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:44:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1523 at http://nhpr.org And the Oscar SHOULD go to... Coffee+Dumpling+Komiks: A New Hampshire Comic Artist in Slovakia http://nhpr.org/post/coffeedumplingkomiks-new-hampshire-comic-artist-slovakia <p>New Hampshire comic artist Marek Bennett explores his roots - and the roots of his craft - in Slovakia, in central Europe.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:23:45 +0000 Brady Carlson 1121 at http://nhpr.org Coffee+Dumpling+Komiks: A New Hampshire Comic Artist in Slovakia The Lessons Hollywood Learned in 2011 http://nhpr.org/post/lessons-hollywood-learned-2011 <p>Our favorite film buffs drop by for a primer on what went well - and what didn't - in Hollywood this year.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:49:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 903 at http://nhpr.org The Lessons Hollywood Learned in 2011 Crime Fiction the Granite State Way http://nhpr.org/post/crime-fiction-granite-state-way <div class="transcript"><p>Rick Broussard,&nbsp;Editor of Volume 2 in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series, explains why New Hampshire is such a good background for a mystery anthology.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:46:00 +0000 Rick Ganley 155 at http://nhpr.org Crime Fiction the Granite State Way Jobs' Biography: Thoughts On Life, Death And Apple http://nhpr.org/post/jobs-biography-thoughts-life-death-and-apple When Steve Jobs was 6 years old, his young next door neighbor found out he was adopted. "That means your parents abandoned you and didn't want you," she told him.<p>Jobs ran into his home, where his adoptive parents reassured him that he was theirs and that they wanted him.<p>"[They said] 'You were special, we chose you out, you were chosen," says biographer Walter Isaacson. "And that helped give [Jobs] a sense of being special. ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:25:46 +0000 107 at http://nhpr.org Jobs' Biography: Thoughts On Life, Death And Apple