Neda Ulaby http://kuow.org en Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss http://kuow.org/post/lois-lowry-says-giver-was-inspired-her-fathers-memory-loss Just for a second, imagine a world without war, conflict or grief. Refreshing, right? But it's also a world without memory, at least in the premise of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel <em>The Giver</em>. The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/14/340167662/the-giver-strikes-old-and-ominous-notes-about-the-dark-side-of-serenity">movie adaptation</a> opened this week and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.<p><em>The Giver</em> swept up nearly every prestigious prize for young adult literature, including the Newbery Medal and the William Allen White Award. It's assigned reading in thousands of schools. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:49:03 +0000 Neda Ulaby 40258 at http://kuow.org Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss As Film Stocks Dwindle, Movie-Makers Weigh What May Soon Be Lost http://kuow.org/post/film-stocks-dwindle-movie-makers-weigh-what-may-soon-be-lost <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Film+Stocks+Dwindle%2C+Movie-Makers+Weigh+What+May+Soon+Be+Lost&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTkyNjA1MDEyNzM1MTQ0ODk3NTA1NA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Film is not dead, not yet anyway. Kodak said recently that it will keep making film stock for motion pictures. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39783 at http://kuow.org What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla? http://kuow.org/post/what-are-those-parabens-doing-my-tortilla When I invited people over for brunch not long ago, the last thing I expected was a wander into the murky world of food preservatives. It started off so simply — with enchiladas, in fact. Enchiladas are my go-to brunch dish, mostly because a little store near me stocks incredible tortillas from a local factory in Maryland called <a href="http://moctecmexicanproducts.com/">Moctec</a>.<p>The tortillas are made only from corn, salt and lime, the same way they've been made for hundreds of years.<strong> </strong>They are pliant and delicate, yet still a good chew. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:56:23 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39760 at http://kuow.org What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla? 'Boondocks' Creator Asks, 'What Would Black Jesus Do?' http://kuow.org/post/boondocks-creator-asks-what-would-black-jesus-do <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMzJ-TDuNvc</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 39717 at http://kuow.org 'Boondocks' Creator Asks, 'What Would Black Jesus Do?' For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet http://kuow.org/post/these-vegans-masculinity-means-protecting-planet Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it.<p>That's the stereotype, or cliche, that's about as old as time.<p>At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes, including triathlete Dominic Thompson, competitive bodybuilder Giacomo Marchese and mixed martial arts fighter Cornell Ward.<p>They're also all vegans and eschew all animal products. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:00:38 +0000 Neda Ulaby 38664 at http://kuow.org For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television http://kuow.org/post/i-kinda-stole-show-laverne-cox-and-path-prestige-television "My femininity was seen as a problem that needed to be solved."<p>Laverne Cox is talking about her childhood in Mobile, Ala. She remembers being routinely chased and beaten by classmates after school. Cox was born biologically male, and her gender identity was confusing and threatening not just to other children but to the grown-ups in her life as well. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 35977 at http://kuow.org 'I Kinda Stole The Show': Laverne Cox And The Path To Prestige Television On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus http://kuow.org/post/television-more-transgender-characters-come-focus Over the past year or so, I've looked at how TV's expanding universe represents <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168215115/whos-gay-on-tv-dads-journalists-investigators-and-footmen" target="_blank">gays and lesbians</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/05/18/184832930/working-women-on-television-a-mixed-bag-at-best" target="_blank">working women</a>. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:35 +0000 Neda Ulaby 33163 at http://kuow.org On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian http://kuow.org/post/nsa-coverage-garners-pulitzers-post-and-guardian Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 32527 at http://kuow.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://kuow.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 31716 at http://kuow.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range http://kuow.org/post/action-hero-teenage-nerd-shailene-woodley-has-range "I'm sorry you have to see my pancake face."<p>Those are among Shailene Woodley's first words as she opens the door to a suite in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She's got a publicists' luncheon later in the day — otherwise, she explains, under <em>absolutely no condition </em>would she have worn makeup for an interview.<p>Woodley is against makeup. She's against new clothes. But she's a Hollywood starlet whose job it is to mask herself in makeup and couture. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:07:37 +0000 Neda Ulaby 31011 at http://kuow.org From Action Hero To Teenage Nerd, Shailene Woodley Has Range Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case http://kuow.org/post/forget-nancy-drew-thanks-fans-veronica-mars-back-case When Rob Thomas created <em>Veronica Mars</em>, his show about a sharp-elbowed girl detective, he had an ulterior motive: He wanted to kill off the reigning queen of teenaged sleuths — one who's been around for more than 80 years.<p>"Nancy Drew," Thomas says, his soft-spoken affect barely betrayed by a trace of a snarl. "Like, I feel like <em>she had her run</em>."<p>Thomas gently eases himself into a faux leather couch backstage at <em>Last Call With Carson Daly</em>, where he's just wrapped up an interview with the host. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:10:25 +0000 Neda Ulaby 30540 at http://kuow.org Forget Nancy Drew: Thanks To Fans, 'Veronica Mars' Is Back On The Case A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://kuow.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 29694 at http://kuow.org Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It http://kuow.org/post/hard-watch-12-years-slave-try-editing-it A lot of people believe <em>12 Years A Slave</em> is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.<p>It also wasn't easy to edit.<p>"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.<p>Walker edited McQueen's previous feature films, <em>Hunger</em> and <em>Shame.</em> The two share a taste for experimentation. Walker was trained as a classical composer; McQueen comes from the art world. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:27:15 +0000 Neda Ulaby 29037 at http://kuow.org Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://kuow.org/post/baby-didnt-bump-these-moms-out-competition Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.<p>Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.<p>"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.<p>Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:22:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 27542 at http://kuow.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://kuow.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-offensive-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 26824 at http://kuow.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful