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Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors
Scott Simon | October 23, 2021
Nick Offerman's new book is an appreciation of the outdoors. It includes sections on hiking Glacier National Park in Montana.George Saunders Nick Offerman is best known as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and is perhaps the most famous actor who also owns a woodshop. He's also a comedian, musician ...
Katie Couric goes behind the scenes in the cutthroat world of morning TV news
Scott Simon, Ian Stewart, Danny Hensel, Emma Bowman | October 23, 2021
Updated October 23, 2021 at 7:24 PM ET At the height of her journalism career, Katie Couric's success at the Today show rested on balancing a girl-next-door likability with getting the story. It was the cutthroat heyday of morning news shows, when ratings often trumped ethics. In her new memoir, ...
‘Nothing but Blackened Teeth’ is a real spooky trip
Jessica P. Wick | October 23, 2021
Tor Nightfire Lights on? Good. Dysfunctional relationships from the past, expunged or resolved? Very good! Wedding invitations that involve ghost hunting in an abandoned Japanese manor? Ignore, however tempting. The characters in Cassandra Khaw's creepy, gorgeous novella Nothing But Blackened Teeth leave well-lit places and easy access to help. Their ...
With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together
Craig LeMoult | October 23, 2021
Wellesley high schooler Andrew Song plays baritone sax in the jazz band.Craig LeMoult | GBH Last year, band and choir classes were a far cry from normal, with students practicing outside or over Zoom. But with students back in school this fall, many are overjoyed to take part in almost-normal ...
‘Monster in the Middle’ muses on the complex nature of romantic love
Carole V. Bell | October 23, 2021
Riverhead Tiphanie Yanique's Monster in the Middle is an ambitious novel. It's a story about love that sets out to capture both minds and hearts. Like an earnest suitor, it declares its intentions from the start: in the epigraph that laments the challenge of being taken seriously when writing about ...
Peter Scolari, of ‘Newhart,’ ‘Bosom Buddies’ and ‘Girls,’ dies at 66
The Associated Press | October 22, 2021
LOS ANGELES — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on Newhart and a closeted dad on Girls and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy, has died. He was 66. Scolari died Friday morning in New York after ...
The creator of ‘Stardew Valley’ announces his spooky new game: ‘Haunted Chocolatier’
Nell Clark | October 22, 2021 Today in video game news: Pixelated ghosts who carry artisan chocolates. They're part of a just-announced game, Haunted Chocolatier, forthcoming from the one-man studio behind cult-gaming darling Stardew Valley. Game designer Eric Barone, who works under the alias ConcernedApe, announced Thursday that the game was in development, releasing a ...
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot by a prop gun, was a rising star
Elizabeth Blair | October 22, 2021
Halyna Hutchins at the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception in January 2019.Fred Hayes | Getty Images for SAGindie Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died on the set of Rust when Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun, is being remembered as a talented artist and a team player. Hutchins' credits include the superhero ...
A Black museum asks to melt Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue to create new art
Becky Sullivan | October 22, 2021
Workers remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Market Street Park in Charlottesville, Va., in July. Initial plans to remove the statue four years ago sparked the infamous "Unite the Right" rally at which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed.Win McNamee | Getty Images Four years ago, the ...