Linda Holmes http://www.kplu.org en Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction http://www.kplu.org/post/kristen-wiig-alice-munro-and-negative-space-fiction <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cyHTzkxCpk</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:26:04 +0000 Linda Holmes 16003 at http://www.kplu.org Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time http://www.kplu.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-captain-america-and-pitiless-march-time On this week's show, Matt Thompson sits in as we talk about <em>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</em>. Were we overwhelmed? Underwhelmed? Merely whelmed? How hard can I get myself thinking about the shots out the window of the Triskelion? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:22:30 +0000 Linda Holmes 15689 at http://www.kplu.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Captain America' And The Pitiless March Of Time David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit http://www.kplu.org/post/david-lettermans-meticulously-unchoreographed-exit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eYkpgeeI8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLmiVi9HXK4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUtofZzEnbA</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:53:50 +0000 Linda Holmes 15679 at http://www.kplu.org David Letterman's Meticulously Unchoreographed Exit An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby http://www.kplu.org/post/interview-hypothetical-super-independent-athlete-baby It might have seemed like an unsurprising thing to do when Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three entire days off to tend to his newborn child, but if you listen to sports commentary, you know that it was <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sports/media/watchdog-1.812020/wfan-hosts-take-issue-with-daniel-murphy-s-paternity-leave-1.7590160" target="_blank">not without controversy</a>.<p>Mike Francesa said on his WFAN radio show that paternity leave is a ridiculous idea for a professional baseball player, and that he, for one, worked on the very days his kids were born. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:08:56 +0000 Linda Holmes 15664 at http://www.kplu.org An Interview With A Hypothetical Super-Independent Athlete Baby Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story http://www.kplu.org/post/oh-mother-awful-end-long-love-story <em>[<strong>WARNING:</strong> If you haven't seen the series finale of </em>How I Met Your Mother,<em> don't watch it. Just kidding! Sort of. This piece, at any rate, contains plot details from that finale.]</em><p>When <em>How I Met Your Mother </em>premiered in the fall of 2005, it was sandwiched between <em>The King Of Queens</em> and <em>Two And A Half Men,</em> a lark cooling its heels in the company of two <em>very</em> sitcommy sitcoms. That made it seem even younger than it was and fresher than it was, and made its structural playfulness and experimentation even more welcome. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:22:30 +0000 Linda Holmes 15539 at http://www.kplu.org Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story 10 Absolutely True Stories About Writing For Television Without Pity http://www.kplu.org/post/10-absolutely-true-stories-about-writing-television-without-pity [<em>What follows is a personal reflection. Please indulge me.</em>]<p>I felt a little strange when I learned that NBC Universal, which purchased the recap site Television Without Pity in 2007, was closing it on April 4. On the one hand, I quit in 2008, so it's been years since I worked for them. On the other hand, I started writing there in 2001 and did so for about seven years. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:38:31 +0000 Linda Holmes 15516 at http://www.kplu.org 10 Absolutely True Stories About Writing For Television Without Pity Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology http://www.kplu.org/post/essie-davis-playing-sexually-liberated-superhero-without-apology In the first-ever episode of the Australian series <em>Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries</em>, the central figure, Phryne Fisher, has to explain to her young, extremely Catholic new maid Dot what exactly is in the round, plastic case that Dot is holding in her hands. "Family planning," she says casually.<p>Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) is an impeccably bobbed amateur detective in Melbourne during a time when a lady could still reasonably wear a feather boa but could already respectably wear pants. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:46 +0000 Linda Holmes 15485 at http://www.kplu.org Essie Davis: On Playing A Sexually Liberated 'Superhero' Without Apology Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret http://www.kplu.org/post/sex-and-greater-good-wife-archie-panjabi-keeping-big-secret Archie Panjabi is part of the cast of CBS's <em>The Good Wife</em>, which has spent much of this week hearing an earful about a major plot development on last Sunday's episode. (They discuss her feelings about the reaction, but do <em>not</em> specify what the development was.)<p>But on Saturday's <em>Weekend Edition</em>, she has time to talk to Scott Simon about her own character, Kalinda Sharma, a crafty woman who's not quite like any other on TV. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:48:49 +0000 Linda Holmes 15443 at http://www.kplu.org Sex And The Greater 'Good Wife': Archie Panjabi On Keeping That Big Secret The Tyranny Of Release Dates, Part II: 'The Lunchbox' http://www.kplu.org/post/tyranny-release-dates-part-ii-lunchbox The romantic comedy-drama is not dead; it's just being platformed.<p>I saw <em>The Lunchbox</em>, the first feature from director Ritesh Batra, at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of last year. Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, it takes as its jumping-off point the dabbawalas of Mumbai, guys on bikes who run a lunchbox-delivery system that brings hot, delicious lunches to people working in offices. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:55:08 +0000 Linda Holmes 15427 at http://www.kplu.org The Tyranny Of Release Dates, Part II: 'The Lunchbox' 'Tell Me Two Things Good': A Happiness Experiment http://www.kplu.org/post/tell-me-two-things-good-happiness-experiment One of my old pals used to come walking into a room at the end of a long day, sigh, look around, and say, "Tell me two things good." They could be big things, small things, anything — he had to hear two things, and they had to be good things, and you had to think of them right away.<p>Wednesday night, I asked Twitter this crucial question. Here are some of the responses. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:06:41 +0000 Linda Holmes 15381 at http://www.kplu.org Would You Order The Grande Soy Oprah? http://www.kplu.org/post/would-you-order-grande-soy-oprah Say this to yourself: "I'd like a grande skim Oprah."<p>Let it roll off your tongue. Let it echo in your head. Let it burn itself into your brain. Really <em>feel</em> it.<p>On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that, in partnership with Oprah Winfrey, it had developed Oprah Chai Tea, which will be available either as regular tea or as a chai latte. When will it be here? "In time for Mother's Day."<p>Now me, I like a chai latte. I order them regularly. I even make chai at home — it's why I own a big bag of fennel seeds. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:31:20 +0000 Linda Holmes 15081 at http://www.kplu.org Would You Order The Grande Soy Oprah? Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Naked And The Nerds http://www.kplu.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-naked-and-nerds A while ago, we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/11/22/246703613/pop-culture-happy-hour-profanity-in-pop-culture-and-outdated-tech" target="_blank">devoted a segment</a> to the matter of profanity, and now, as summer follows spring and spring (supposedly) follows winter, we are moving on to the issue of nudity. When is it decorative? When is it exploitation? And how would they see all of this from Europe? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:01:55 +0000 Linda Holmes 14864 at http://www.kplu.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Naked And The Nerds Step Right Up: 20 Very Silly Inventions Actually Pitched On 'Shark Tank' http://www.kplu.org/post/step-right-20-very-silly-inventions-actually-pitched-shark-tank <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TOjLDsl1bY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5qpW4BG8Do</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDYFa7R507g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncjYnLgxyCI</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:01:23 +0000 Linda Holmes 14863 at http://www.kplu.org Step Right Up: 20 Very Silly Inventions Actually Pitched On 'Shark Tank' Every Reality Show Is A True Story, And Other 'Bachelor' Lessons http://www.kplu.org/post/every-reality-show-true-story-and-other-bachelor-lessons Every reality show is an entirely true story.<p>It is not the story that it claims to be — the story of two tribes building a new civilization, the story of America's search for its next superstar — but it is a true story nevertheless. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:24:29 +0000 Linda Holmes 14673 at http://www.kplu.org Every Reality Show Is A True Story, And Other 'Bachelor' Lessons Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Oscars, 'Drag Race' And Shut-Ins Edition http://www.kplu.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-oscars-drag-race-and-shut-ins-edition When we taped this show on Tuesday, we had all had quite a lot of the Oscars, to be honest. And we secretly suspect that with the all-out pile-on that continues for months before the ceremony, you might not require an all-out assault on the whole thing. So this week, you'll hear a quick wrap-up of how we felt about the hosting, some of the speeches, some of the great moments of Adele Nazeem-ing it up, and then we'll bid the entire thing farewell until next year. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:33:37 +0000 Linda Holmes 14539 at http://www.kplu.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Oscars, 'Drag Race' And Shut-Ins Edition