Arts & Life


Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 1:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Monkey See

For Halloween, Please Enjoy This Story In Which NPH Freaks Out Ever So Gently

Delusion sold 25,000 tickets — at $40 a head — in less than a week. Creator Jon Braver hopes the attraction's success might be enough to launch a franchise.

Haunted Play

It's Halloween. Want to hear Neil Patrick Harris get freaked out?

Thought so. You'll want to click on that play button above, and check out Neda Ulaby's All Things Considered piece on an L.A. haunted house — more of an interactive play, really — called Delusion.

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Mon October 31, 2011
Performing Arts

Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:20 am

Theodore Hardeen (right) poses with brother Harry Houdini around 1901. Although Hardeen was the less-famous brother, he was also a magician and escape artist who continued to perform Houdini's routines after his death.

Courtesy of John Cox

You'd think if you were a relative of someone as famous as Harry Houdini, you'd know it. But George Hardeen, 59, didn't find out he was Houdini's great-nephew until he was a teenager.

His grandfather was Houdini's brother, Theo Hardeen, also an escape artist. At one point, the brothers performed together. Houdini and his wife, Bess, had no children, and when he died — on Halloween, 85 years ago — he willed all of his props to Theo.

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Sat October 29, 2011
Author Interviews

Twain, Hughes, Among 'Funniest American Writers'

A Presidential Candidate," in which he jokingly announces that he is running for president, kicks off Andy Borowitz's comedy collection.

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Mark Twain's story "A Presidential Candidate," in which he jokingly announces that he is running for president, kicks off Andy Borowitz's comedy collection.

Ernest H. Mills Getty Images

Writer and comedian Andy Borowitz says he initially got into comedy for one simple reason: girls.

In addition to using his jokes to charm women, Borowitz has also written for The New Yorker and runs a satirical blog called The Borowitz Report. His latest project is The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion.

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Fri October 28, 2011
Garden Report

Tips for Taking Care of Snow Storm Tree Damage

Heavy wet snow blankets trees outside the KUNC Studio on Oct 26th. The 1st snowstorm of the year damaged trees all throughout the front range.

Northern Colorado took the brunt of this week’s snow storm and tree damage. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton has these clean-up and pruning tips.

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