12:31pm

Tue April 30, 2013
NPR Story

'Sign Painters': A Close-Up Focus On An Endangered Art

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:31 pm

Marquee painted by Norma Jeanne Maloney on "Honky-tonk Row" in Nashville, Tenn.
Faythe Levine and Sam Macon Princeton Architectural Press

Before the age of computers and vinyl printers, sign painters worked by hand to illustrate storefronts, billboards and banners. Local craftsmen often developed a signature style that could distinguish a neighborhood, or even a city.

But technology made creating signs less expensive — and less expressive. Sign Painters, a new book and documentary written and directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, focuses on dozens of artists who are keeping the art alive.

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11:54am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Hic, Hic, Hic: TV Weatherman Keeps Going Despite Hiccups

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:12 pm

KHOU-TV's David Paul, hiccuping his way through his forecast Monday night.
KHOU.com

We admire KHOU-TV meteorologist David Paul's good-natured determination.

Check how he handled it when a case of the hiccups hit during his time on the air Monday evening.

And in the comments thread, please share any stories of a time when hiccups hit. Also: your surefire cure.

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11:49am

Tue April 30, 2013
NPR Story

An Intimate Portrait Of The Tsarnaev Family

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:58 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. As the investigation continues into the Boston Marathon bombings, countless questions remain about the two prime suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This past Sunday, the Washington Post ran a long profile that offers a complicated portrait of the family.

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11:45am

Tue April 30, 2013
NPR Story

The NBA Has An Openly Gay Player: What Changes?

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:40 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan. With just a few words, NBA journeyman Jason Collins made sports history. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black, and I'm gay." With that announcement in the May 6th edition of Sports Illustrated, Collins became the first man still active in a major team sport to come out.

Most reaction has been positive. Earlier today, President Obama actually returned to the microphones at the end of that news conference to say a few words.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS CONFERENCE)

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11:45am

Tue April 30, 2013
NPR Story

To Avoid Or To Embrace: How Actors Navigate Stereotypes

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 12:26 pm

Retta as office manager Donna Meagle on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Colleen Hayes/NBC

On NBC's Parks and Recreation, former stand-up comedian Retta plays office manager Donna Meagle. Donna is mostly in the background of the show, but is known for obsessing over her Mercedes SUV and for creating the Parks and Rec Treat Yo Self holiday.

Retta says this character is quite different from the roles she was offered in the beginning of her acting career.

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