Providing a bit of levity during the Jewish High Holidays of 5771 (aka 2010), Liane Hansen spoke on Weekend Edition Sunday with Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman. Listen to them discuss their book Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs.
NPR’s reporting on left-handedness covers two main topics: the causes of left-handedness and successful people who are left-handed (mostly presidents and baseball pitchers).
This story, from a special series, Science Outside of the Box, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of left-handedness.
NPR’s Jacki Lyden talks to researcher Chris McManus who examined archived film footage of British people waving at the camera to see what he could learn about left-handedness, society, and life in the Victorian era.
Original airdate 9/22/2007.
Robin Williams died yesterday.
It’s probably not shocking that there isn’t a television review of Williams’ first TV hit, Mork and Mindy. Debuting in 1978, TV was still considered “low brow” at that time.
But Robin Williams has a career that’s lasted through a critical cultural transition: from his work in comedy and film being considered pop culture and, therefore, not worthy of serious consideration, to accolades, awards, and social critique.
Here’s Bob Mondello’s review of WIlliams’ 2002 film One Hour Photo. The film is notable because it’s from Williams “dark” role period. He was experimenting with being something other than the frenetic presence we usually saw on screen.
Too, I’d say that the film captures an interesting moment in our media history: a lonely employee at a one-hour photo lab seeks connection through the photos he develops for a family he covets.
Williams’ character is on the cusp of technological and social revolution as we moved from film cameras to digital. Unfortunately, he decides to be super-creepy about it, foreshadowing the further melding of technology and surveillance.
(Found by Kimberly Springer, library intern and film nerd. Original airdate 24 August 2002 on Weekend All Things Considered.)