Mandalit del Barco http://kuer.org en Settlement Brings An Early End To Apple's Price-Fixing Case http://kuer.org/post/settlement-brings-early-end-apples-price-fixing-case Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with dozens of states and a number of other plaintiffs over e-book price fixing. The company was facing more than $800 million in damages. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 47943 at http://kuer.org Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen http://kuer.org/post/ruby-dee-actress-who-marched-washington-and-screen Born Ruby Ann Wallace in the early 1920s in Cleveland, actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee most identified with the part of New York City where she was raised.<p>"I don't know who I would be if I weren't this child from Harlem, this woman from Harlem. It's in me so deep," Dee told NPR's <em>Tell Me More</em> in 2007.<p>She died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 91.<p>Dee, who took the surname of her first husband, blues singer Frankie Dee, grew up in Harlem's rich cultural neighborhood, writing poetry. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 47723 at http://kuer.org Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette http://kuer.org/post/authors-angered-over-amazons-dispute-publisher-hachette Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>We've reached a moment that probably shouldn't surprise us when it comes to the modern publishing industry. A lot of people are addicted to buying books online using Amazon. But Amazon is now in a pricing dispute with the publisher Hachette. The online giant is refusing to accept orders for upcoming books from Hachette, which has a heavy-hitting roster of authors. NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO: Some authors are furious at Amazon.<p>NINA LADEN: They don't really care. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 47011 at http://kuer.org How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents http://kuer.org/post/how-do-you-get-latino-kids-classical-music-bring-parents Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 46940 at http://kuer.org How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://kuer.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 45017 at http://kuer.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies Sony Pictures To Lay Off Interactive Group http://kuer.org/post/sony-pictures-lay-interactive-group Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with Hollywood layoffs.<p>Sony has notified California's Labor Board that come June it will lay off more than 200 employees at its movie and television studios.<p>NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports this is happening in a film industry that's facing across the board cost cutting.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Sony Pictures Entertainment will reportedly lay off its entire interactive marketing team responsible for online movie promos like this.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE PROMO)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Officials searching for answers as to wh Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 43581 at http://kuer.org Alice Herz-Sommer, Pianist And Holocaust Survivor, Dies At 110 http://kuer.org/post/alice-herz-sommer-pianist-and-holocaust-survivor-dies-110 Renowned concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, once thought to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor, has died at age 110. Her story is told in the Oscar-nominated film, The Lady in Number 6. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 42590 at http://kuer.org Sunday Assembly: A Church For The Godless Picks Up Steam http://kuer.org/post/sunday-assembly-church-godless-picks-steam It sometimes <em>feels</em> like church in the auditorium of the Professional Musicians union in Hollywood. It's a Sunday morning, and hundreds of people are gathered to meditate, sing and listen to inspirational poetry and stories.<p>But then the live band starts up — performing songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:57:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 40479 at http://kuer.org Sunday Assembly: A Church For The Godless Picks Up Steam How 'Black Nativity' Made Its Way To The Big Screen http://kuer.org/post/how-black-nativity-made-its-way-big-screen This season, Fox Searchlight has served audiences a three-course menu of movies with African-American casts and themes.<p>First, it served an appetizer in September, with the romantic comedy <em>Baggage Claim,</em> starring Paula Patton as a flight attendant looking for a husband in a hurry.<p>Then, in October, the studio set out a substantial main course with <em>12 Years A Slave</em>. The sweeping epic by director Steve McQueen is already an Academy Award shoo-in.<p>Now, <em>Black Nativity</em> is Fox Searchlight's dessert, a sweet Christmas tearjerker. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:17:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 39156 at http://kuer.org How 'Black Nativity' Made Its Way To The Big Screen Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies http://kuer.org/post/drummer-chico-hamilton-west-coast-jazz-mainstay-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNaSZmKL65I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXULG-UKVq8</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 38765 at http://kuer.org Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen http://kuer.org/post/ak-47s-accordions-and-angels-death-narcocorridos-hit-big-screen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaJ_hru9Qk4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCNhQxWXkcw</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 38714 at http://kuer.org AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen Comcast Deal Puts New Minority-Run Channels In Play http://kuer.org/post/comcast-deal-puts-new-minority-run-channels-play Rapper and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs, director Robert Rodriguez, and basketball legend Magic Johnson each now has his own new cable TV networks. Their channels were part of a merger deal Comcast made with the FCC to give a shot to new networks owned by African Americans, Latinos and others.<p>Last month, Combs threw on his classic Puff Daddy alias to welcome millennial viewers to his new music network, Revolt.<p>"This is really happening, people," the rapper said at the launch. "A boy from Harlem is really standing on a stoop in Brooklyn launching a network worldwide. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:08:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 38067 at http://kuer.org Comcast Deal Puts New Minority-Run Channels In Play 1 In 7 American Adults Don't Go Online http://kuer.org/post/1-7-american-adults-dont-go-online Fifteen percent of Americans don't use the Internet, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Most of these "offline adults" are 65 years old or older, many live in rural areas and have incomes lower than $30,000 a year. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 35928 at http://kuer.org East LA Homegirl Goes Hollywood http://kuer.org/post/east-la-homegirl-goes-hollywood Evangeline Ordaz is no ordinary Hollywood show runner. When she's not teaching constitutional law or rehabbing historic buildings, she's writing for a racy soap opera about <a href="http://eastloshigh.com/" target="_blank">Latino teens in East Los Angeles</a>. <em>East Los High</em> was a big summer success for the TV-on-demand website Hulu, and much of the credit for keeping the show real goes to its multitalented main writer.<p>Ordaz was born and bred in East Los Angeles — East Los, as it's known. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 35388 at http://kuer.org East LA Homegirl Goes Hollywood Sound Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies At 80 http://kuer.org/post/sound-poineer-ray-dolby-dies-80 Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Ray Dolby, whose inventions revolutionized the way audiences listen to entertainment, has died. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:58:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 35342 at http://kuer.org Tina Brown To Leave The Daily Beast http://kuer.org/post/tina-brown-leave-daily-beast Celebrity editor Tina Brown announced Wednesday that she's leaving The Daily Beast to launch her own media company. She has been a regular guest on <em>Morning Edition</em>. Brown, 59, plans to produce live forums on news topics.<p>Brown has edited some of the most prestigious publications: <em>Vanity Fair</em>, <em>The New Yorker</em> and <em>Tattler</em>. Five years ago, she helped found The Daily Beast — a news and opinion website. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:36:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 35270 at http://kuer.org Tina Brown To Leave The Daily Beast New HIV Cases Spotlight Adult Film Industry's Testing System http://kuer.org/post/hiv-outbreak-spotlights-adult-film-industrys-testing-system Adult film production in California is now suspended after a number of performers tested positive for HIV. Four cases have been reported in the past few months, including one on Monday.<p>If ever there was an "I told you so moment" for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, it's now. The organization has been campaigning for condoms to be mandatory during porn shoots. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 35207 at http://kuer.org New HIV Cases Spotlight Adult Film Industry's Testing System In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara http://kuer.org/post/alphabet-mysteries-s-really-santa-barbara Novelist Sue Grafton is a real hoot. She's just as likely to talk, in that native Kentucky drawl of hers, about her prized silver-coin mint julep cups as about a juicy murder mystery. But she does have a crime writer's imagination.<p>"I always say to people, 'Don't cross me, OK? Because you will be so sorry,'" she says. "'I have ways to kill you you ain't even thought of yet.'"<p>Grafton is famous for her "Alphabet" mystery series. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 33960 at http://kuer.org In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara In The Summer, Univision Is Numero Uno http://kuer.org/post/summer-univision-numero-uno For three consecutive weeks this summer, Spanish-language TV network Univision won the prime-time ratings among young adult viewers. The network is bragging about its prime-time ratings domination with full-page ads in the <em>LA Times</em>, <em>New York Times</em> and <em>Wall Street Journal</em>. Its English-language video exclaims: "For the first time ever, Univision is now the number one network in any language."<p>Univision has topped the ratings before in the summer, but never for this long. For an unprecedented three weeks, it scored with viewers aged 18 to 49. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 32816 at http://kuer.org In The Summer, Univision Is Numero Uno Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them? http://kuer.org/post/does-disneys-tonto-reinforce-stereotypes-or-overcome-them The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty Indian guide, Tonto. The faithful companion helps the white man fight bad guys, and does so speaking in pidgin English.<p>Tonto made his first appearance on the radio in the 1930s, voiced by a non-Native American actor, John Todd. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 31778 at http://kuer.org Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them? Telemundo's 'La Voz' Hands Latino Kids The Mic http://kuer.org/post/telemundos-la-voz-hands-latino-kids-mic <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgEnL5LSqDw</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 31543 at http://kuer.org Telemundo's 'La Voz' Hands Latino Kids The Mic Spotlighting Background Singers In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' http://kuer.org/post/background-singers-hit-center-stage-twenty-feet-stardom <em>Twenty Feet from Stardom</em>, filmmaker Morgan Neville's new documentary, is a reminder that most of pop music's catchiest hooks, riffs and refrains were sung by voices harmonizing in the background. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:16:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 30707 at http://kuer.org Spotlighting Background Singers In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages http://kuer.org/post/jose-luis-orozco-capturing-kids-attention-two-languages For the past 42 years, José-Luis Orozco has been entertaining children with songs he sings in English and Spanish. He's passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music, and he's also written books for kids.<p>"Let's say hello to each other," he says to a crowd of preschoolers at the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books. "Buenos días," he sings.<p>"Buenos días," they repeat in unison.<p>"Good morning," he sings back.<p>Orozco manages the near-impossible: getting hundreds of small children to pay attention. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 30507 at http://kuer.org Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent: Remembering Ray Manzarek http://kuer.org/post/doors-keyboard-counterpoint-goes-silent-remembering-ray-manzarek <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvVCCMG-JoQ</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 29590 at http://kuer.org The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent: Remembering Ray Manzarek Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off http://kuer.org/post/nostalgia-sale-captain-kangaroos-pals-are-auctioned The classic children's show <em>Captain Kangaroo</em> aired on TV for nearly 30 years, starting in 1955. After its creator and star, Bob Keeshan, died in 2004, his estate donated a few of his beloved hand puppets to the Smithsonian.<p>But if you're like me and grew up in the 1960s and '70s, you have hazy memories of Captain Kangaroo telling stories, drawing pictures and palling around with a whole cast of sidekicks, including the bespectacled Mr. Bunny Rabbit, a dancing bear, farmhand Mr. Mon, 20 May 2013 07:06:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 29531 at http://kuer.org Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off Draco Rosa: A Pop Survivor Returns From The Brink, With Friends http://kuer.org/post/draco-rosa-pop-survivor-returns-brink-friends <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHRjWauwpvE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3UVw3a7qIQ</p> Sat, 18 May 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 29487 at http://kuer.org Draco Rosa: A Pop Survivor Returns From The Brink, With Friends A Tip Of The Mouse Ears To Annette Funicello, 1942-2013 http://kuer.org/post/tip-mouse-ears-annette-funicello-1942-2013 Now it's time to say goodbye to former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 27505 at http://kuer.org A Tip Of The Mouse Ears To Annette Funicello, 1942-2013 Will 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Gain Emerald Status? http://kuer.org/post/will-oz-great-and-powerful-live-emerald-status Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>"The Wizard of Oz" means to a lot of people, a young Judy Garland in sparkly ruby slippers. But in the hundred years since L. Frank Baum wrote the Oz stories, they, or stories featuring Oz characters, have been produced dozens of times. The latest, a prequel that opens in theaters this weekend, called "Oz the Great and Powerful."<p>NPR's Mandalit Del Barco has more.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: This newest version begins like the classic 1939 "Wizard of Oz" movie, in Kansas, black and white, a tornado. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 26016 at http://kuer.org 'Argo,' 'Life Of Pi' Win Top Oscars http://kuer.org/post/argo-life-pi-win-top-oscars Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Okay. The movies "Argo" and "Life of Pi" and the actors Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were among the winners at last night's Academy Awards. NPR's Mandalit Del Barco was backstage.<p>MANDALIT DEL BARCO: It wasn't a Hollywood star who announced this year's Best Picture. That honor went to First Lady Michelle Obama via satellite from the White House.<p>MICHELLE OBAMA: And the Oscar goes to "Argo."<p>BARCO: The three producers of the Iranian hostage crisis movie bounded onstage to accept their golden Oscars. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:11:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 25492 at http://kuer.org The Story Of 'No' Is The Story Of Modern Chile http://kuer.org/post/story-no-story-modern-chile The film <em>No </em>revisits the moment in Chile's history when 56 percent of the country voted to oust a dictator from power. It's the tale of the ad campaign that helped persuade Chileans to cast their ballots against Gen. Augusto Pinochet in a national referendum.<p>"This is an epic story, the story of a triumph," says Director Pablo Larrain. "It's how they defeat a dictator — probably one of the biggest bastards that we ever had in humankind."<p>A CIA-backed coup d'etat got Pinochet into power in 1973. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 25065 at http://kuer.org The Story Of 'No' Is The Story Of Modern Chile