Episode #1238

Superhero Makeovers and Magical Fiction

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Friday, September 23, 2011

DC Comics reboots its heroes in the 'New 52' DC Comics reboots its heroes in the "New 52" (Josh Rogosin)

This week, superheroes are born again. From Superman to Batgirl, DC Comics has reinvented its entire line — but not all fans are pleased.  A group of renegade artists get a retrospective at a museum they once defaced.  And as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes headlines this week, we look at why a small exhibit of children’s art from Gaza is causing a major stir in Oakland, California.

Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are running high — even about an exhibit at a tiny museum in Oakland, California. This weekend, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) planned to open an exhibition ...

Slideshow: Work from “A Child’s View from Gaza”

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DC Comics Overhauls Superheroes

With the proliferation of big-budget superhero movies, it’s easy to forget about the pulpy comic books on which the characters are based.  But it seems many people have: sales of comics are way down.  As fanboys have become fanmen, publishers are desperate to find new — and younger — readers ...

Slideshow: Inside Bergen Street Comics and the "New 52"

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Batgirl Sheds Her Wheelchair and Loses a Fan

In 1966, Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham's police commissioner, began fighting crime in DC Comic's "Batgirl." Then, in the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, she was shot by The Joker, paralyzing her from the waist down. And so Batgirl became the paraplegic character called Oracle ...

Slideshow: A New Batgirl

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Harry Potter for Grownups

Lately it seems like you can't pick up a new work of fiction without some character crawling out of the grave or casting a spell. Authors we used call "serious" and "literary" — shorthand for writers who wrote realism — are suddenly writing about the magical and supernatural. Colson Whitehead ...

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Renegade Artists Get Museum Retrospective

On a spring night in 1971, a group of young artists from East Los Angeles spray-painted their names on the front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  They managed to slip away without getting caught.  But this was no routine tagging, this was an art action.  At the time there were no Mexican-American artists ...

Slideshow: The Art of Asco

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The Two Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall ... or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — but he also writes and sings his own indie pop songs. These days, those two worlds ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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Nirvana Flashback

Last week, we presented our latest exploration on an American Icon — the 20-year-old rock album Nevermind by Nirvana. And we heard from lots of you about how the album colored and captured an important moment in your lives. Listener Scott Raley of San Antonio, Texas, first heard the album in Naples, Italy ...

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Henry Tripson from Spearfish, SD

I've been reading comics for over 10 years and I like the reboot. I think it adds a sense of uncertainty to the stories and characters. I do think DC made a mistake with Batgirl. I wish you would have included more from Jill's OP ED. She put it far better than I can here.

Sep. 26 2011 01:03 PM
Judith Pendergast

I guess you are a reporter, unless you are interviewing a rabbi. Then you, apparently, feel it is your position to correct his language. The fact that he thought it was "propaganda" was important to the story. If you weren't shilling for the Gazans, you would have had a better interview. We could have heard more from the rabbi than & less from you, which would really improve your show.

Sep. 25 2011 01:20 PM

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