Neda Ulaby http://kplu.org en Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' http://kplu.org/post/coming-out-basketball-how-brittney-griner-found-place-peace Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male <em>and</em> female players. She's so good that the owner of a men's team — the Dallas Mavericks — has said he'd recruit her.<p>Now, Griner is also an author. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:20:15 +0000 Neda Ulaby 15802 at http://kplu.org Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' This Year, Biblical Films Are Fruitful And Multiplying http://kplu.org/post/year-biblical-films-are-fruitful-and-multiplying There's a flood of biblical proportions this year in Hollywood: <em>Noah,</em> starring Russell Crowe, floats into theaters Thursday. It follows <em>Son of God, </em>another Bible-based movie released by 20th Century Fox. And later in 2014, we'll see <em>Exodus,</em> a 3-D epic based on the story of Moses from director Ridley Scott.<p>Why so many Bible movies in 2014? "It just has to be that God is moving. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:38:08 +0000 Neda Ulaby 15419 at http://kplu.org This Year, Biblical Films Are Fruitful And Multiplying A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest http://kplu.org/post/picket-line-oscars-visual-effects-artists-protest Hundreds of visual-effects artists are planning to picket the Academy Awards on Sunday for the second year in a row. They're hoping to bring attention to what's been happening in their industry.<p>The field is losing jobs and relocating to countries with bigger subsidies for employers. It's the result of a technical revolution that's changed the profession since it kicked off in the 70s with Star Wars creator George Lucas' visual-effects company, Industrial Light and Magic.<p>At first, visual effects was mostly engineers creating special effects with cameras, high-speed motors and models. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:20:57 +0000 Neda Ulaby 14303 at http://kplu.org Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom http://kplu.org/post/oscar-glow-todays-tech-help-short-films-find-their-fandom <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3PUqY6HI20</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLnrn9Nw1iM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw965Xye8Rk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXHcQyixTE</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:02:45 +0000 Neda Ulaby 14268 at http://kplu.org Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It http://kplu.org/post/hard-watch-try-editing-12-years-slave A lot of people believe <em>12 Years A Slave</em> is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.<p>It also wasn't easy to edit.<p>"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.<p>Walker edited McQueen's previous feature films, <em>Hunger</em> and <em>Shame.</em> The two share a taste for experimentation. Walker was trained as a classical composer; McQueen comes from the art world. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:09:42 +0000 Neda Ulaby 13787 at http://kplu.org Hard To Watch '12 Years A Slave'? Try Editing It Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will' http://kplu.org/post/getting-dallas-buyers-club-made-took-tenacity-and-will <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs1kpGNSRVk</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:41:55 +0000 Neda Ulaby 13750 at http://kplu.org Getting 'Dallas Buyers Club' Made Took Tenacity And 'Will' A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition http://kplu.org/post/baby-didnt-bump-these-moms-out-competition Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.<p>Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.<p>"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.<p>Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:55:06 +0000 Neda Ulaby 12839 at http://kplu.org A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://kplu.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-controversial-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:19:18 +0000 Neda Ulaby 12464 at http://kplu.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies http://kplu.org/post/lou-reed-beloved-contrarian-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffr0opfm6I4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KaWSOlASWc</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:51:13 +0000 Neda Ulaby 10665 at http://kplu.org Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies YouTube trends: Politics, pop but education and science, too http://kplu.org/post/youtube-trends-politics-pop-education-and-science-too <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGINaRUEkU</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:46:39 +0000 Neda Ulaby 6104 at http://kplu.org YouTube trends: Politics, pop but education and science, too Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice http://kplu.org/post/nora-ephron-singular-voice-who-penned-sleepless-seattle-many-others Nora Ephron brought us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.<p>There's the infamous "Silkwood shower," from the 1983 movie, with Meryl Streep as a terrified worker at a nuclear power plant, being frantically scrubbed after exposure to radiation.<p>Then there's the scene in which Meg Ryan drives home a point to Billy Crystal at Katz's Deli, in 1989's <em>When Harry Met Sally. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:59:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 5414 at http://kplu.org Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice Etta James, 'Matriarch of the Blues,' has died http://kplu.org/post/etta-james-matriarch-blues-has-died The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend <a href="../templates/story/story.php?storyId=15401883">Etta James</a> died Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California of complications from leukemia. She was 73.<p>She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Her first manager and promoter cut up Jamesetta's name and reversed it: Etta James.<p>Her talent was discovered when she was 14 — the same age her mother was when James was born. Within three years, the foster-home runaway had her first hit, with the girl group The Peaches. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:47:47 +0000 Neda Ulaby 3840 at http://kplu.org Etta James, 'Matriarch of the Blues,' has died Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC http://kplu.org/post/stephen-colbert-wants-you-know-thats-definitely-not-his-superpac Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is running for president. He's parodying the process — including, now, superPACS — in the same way he has parodied cable news. He's getting plenty of attention, but to really look into his political practical joke, I needed to go upstairs and find Peter Overby, NPR's man on campaign finance. I warned him it would seem like a dumb question, but I needed his help. What, exactly, <em>is</em> a superPAC?<p>"Welcome to my world," he told me. "It's nuts. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:27:59 +0000 Neda Ulaby 3832 at http://kplu.org Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC