Arts & Culture

The Two-Way
10:47 am
Tue August 14, 2012

'F-Bomb,' 'earworm,' others added to dictionary

March 23, 2010: Vice President Biden famously drops an f-bomb.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:45 am

  • Vice President Biden's March 23, 2010, f-bomb (we've bleeped it)

We expect that most folks won't need to look up the definition. But just in case, "f-bomb" now has its own entry in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

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Monkey See
11:59 am
Fri August 10, 2012

On already missing the angry, passionate writing of David Rakoff

David Rakoff, seen here in 2010.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:00 pm

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Campbell House
2:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Campbell House museum in St. Louis hit by thieves

Campbell House Museum in downtown St. Louis.
(via Flickr/Reading Tom)

Thieves stole cash and ruined a 130-year-old door when they broke into the Campbell House museum in downtown St. Louis.

Shelley Niemeier, assistant director of the museum, says thieves picked the lock of the museum Monday night and threw a concrete block through the glass pane door, which was installed in the 1880s.

The thieves got away with $98. Niemeier says an inventory found that nothing but cash was taken.

The Campbell House holds one of the nation's best collections of Victorian decorative arts and 300,000 pages of documents about the economy of the West.

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The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Gibson guitar settles criminal case over exotic wood imports

Gibson guitars on sale in New York City.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 5:06 pm

"After years maintaining innocence," as Nashville Public Radio says, Gibson Guitar Corp. has agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, donate $50,000 to a conservation fund and give up its claims to ebony and rosewood worth nearly $262,000 to avoid being criminally prosecuted for importing exotic woods.

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9:15 am
Thu July 26, 2012

At Bravo, pop-culture kingpin (and St. Louis native) works day and night

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St. Louis native Andy Cohen was profiled on NPR's Morning Edition earlier today. Check out the interview via the link.
Andy Cohen has been yakking for most of his 44 years. He has a book titled Most Talkative - a title he earned in high school. "My mouth has been my greatest asset and also my biggest Achilles' heel," he says. Most days, it's an asset.
12:33 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Lighting 'The Torch': NPR's Olympics blog

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The London 2012 Summer Olympics are almost upon us (they begin Friday) - so be sure to keep up with all of the interesting goings-on across the pond via NPR's Olympics Blog, 'The Torch.' From the impact of the games on Muslim athletes' Ramadan fasting to a guide to watching the Olympics online, there's already plenty there for you to explore. Check it out via the link.
You have found The Torch, NPR's new blog about the London 2012 Summer Olympics. For the next three weeks, we'll bring you the big news from London, along with stories about the human side of an international mega-event. Our goal is to write about the games' defining moments, along with the unexpected stories that we can't stop talking about.
2:46 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Unfit to read? Book challenges in Missouri

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Banning books in schools is nothing new, but a project launched today by the Columbia Missourian examines which Missouri schools challenged which books, and why, since 2008. Check out the project via the link, which includes a map, interactive graphic and more. Some schools from the St. Louis region also make appearances in the data.
Book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result The project | Sunshine requests for public records of book challenges were sent to all 566 Missouri school districts asking for all correspondence regarding book challenges since Jan. 1, 2008. Responses to the requests came in from 495 of the school districts.
11:36 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Nervous on this Friday the 13th? We can help

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To aid against any potential bad luck, what, or who, is your 'good luck charm?' Is it learning to say paraskevidekatriaphobia? Learn how here.
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  • | Via: NPR
Learning how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia supposedly cures one of any Friday the 13th-related fear. We've got Korva Coleman's helpful audio pronouncer.
Fourth of July
7:25 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Without fireworks on the 4th of July? We've got you covered

Fireworks light up the St. Louis Arch.
(via Flickr/AddyG)

St. Louis' annual Independence Day celebration is still on, Fair Saint Louis, but we know numerous municipalities in our area are postponing their festivities, or canceling them altogether, due to the hot and dry weather conditions.

If you won't be at Fair Saint Louis, or are in one of the communities where fireworks are a no-go this year, we've got you covered.

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The Mix - NPR Music
1:21 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

The Mix: The sound of your American Dream

A silhouetted Jay-Z performs in Las Vegas.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 11:46 am

A few weeks ago, we asked you what your American Dream sounds like.

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