Fresh Air http://kgou.org en Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age http://kgou.org/post/filmed-over-12-years-boyhood-follows-kids-coming-age Usually when characters age in movies, they're covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics — or directors use different actors as the characters grow older. But in the new film <em>Boyhood</em>, none of that is necessary.<p>The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.<p>At the beginning of the movie, the main character, Mason, is 6 years old. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 33091 at http://kgou.org Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age Fred Hersch Knows His Trios http://kgou.org/post/fred-hersch-knows-his-trios Over the last 30 years, jazz pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14997031/fred-hersch">Fred Hersch</a> has recorded in solo, duo, quartet, quintet and double-trio settings, with big band and with orchestras. <em>Fresh Air</em> jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the classic piano, bass and drums trio format suits Hersch best of all in a review of <em>Floating</em>. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 editor 33092 at http://kgou.org 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life http://kgou.org/post/10-years-later-mystery-heroine-maisie-dobbs-gains-new-life If you asked mystery fans to name the most important novel of the past decade, most would say <em>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</em> — and they'd be right. In fact, Stieg Larsson's complete Millennium series, flanked by hordes of Nordic noirs by the likes of Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg and Jo Nesbo, have overrun the ranks of hard-boiled detective fiction, imbuing it with their distinctive strain of brittle dialogue and chill fatalism. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 33093 at http://kgou.org 10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' http://kgou.org/post/biologist-says-promoting-diversity-key-keeping-bees Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.<p>Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.<p>The loss of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/30/308349393/smiting-the-mite-to-save-the-bees-and-the-crops-they-pollinate">nasty parasites</a> to the stress of being transported Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 editor 32989 at http://kgou.org Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees' If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It http://kgou.org/post/if-jim-lauderdale-song-more-people-should-hear-it <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16295727/jim-lauderdale">Jim Lauderdale</a>'s new album is called <em>I'm A Song</em>, a title that suggests his deep Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 32990 at http://kgou.org 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control http://kgou.org/post/strain-and-extant-play-fears-forces-out-our-control They say every generation gets the science fiction it deserves, built around its biggest and most primal fears. Well, maybe they don't say that — but they should. In the '50s, all those movies about mutant giant monsters going berserk were a way for us to channel our fears about the atomic bomb. In the same way, in that same decade, all those body-snatcher movies were about being unable to tell friend from foe, or trust even your closest loved ones — the perfect paranoid parable for the Communist witch-hunting era.<p>So what are we watching this decade, more than anything else? Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 David Bianculli 32991 at http://kgou.org 'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like http://kgou.org/post/violette-evokes-exasperating-self-pity-trait-french Americans put a lot of stock in being likable. Pollsters take surveys of the president's likability. Test screenings check whether we like the characters in movies. And when a literary novelist like Claire Messud mocks the notion that fictional characters should be someone we'd like to be friends with, writers of popular fiction attack her for snootiness.<p>You rarely find such disputes in France, which finds our fetish of likability charmingly simple, rather like our shock at politicians committing adultery. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 John Powers 32932 at http://kgou.org 'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self-Pity, A Trait The French Like The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side http://kgou.org/post/hazards-probing-internets-dark-side Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards. Brian Krebs, who writes about cybercrime and computer security for his blog, <a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/">Krebs on Security</a>, broke the story. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 32917 at http://kgou.org The Hazards Of Probing The Internet's Dark Side 'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor http://kgou.org/post/fresh-air-remembers-actor-meshach-taylor Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. The actor Meshach Taylor died on June 28 at the age of 67. We're going to remember him by listening back to our 1990 interview. Taylor was best known for his role on the TV sitcom "Designing Women" playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-convict who's a deliveryman for a company of women interior designers in Atlanta. He eventually became their partner in the company.<p>Meshach Taylor was on the show from 1986 to 1993. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 editor 32828 at http://kgou.org The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz http://kgou.org/post/westerlies-come-home-horvitz The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 32829 at http://kgou.org