The new iPhone app called "Zombies, RUN!" is not your standard running game.
It's designed to encourage folks, such as say, video gamers, who aren't usually associated with exercise to take up running.
British writer Naomi Alderman, who is a gamer herself as well as an Orange-award winning novelist, came up with the idea for "Zombies, RUN!" while in a class for amateur runners she tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Mary-Louise Kelly.
There's an unlikely new leader in West Africa. Three years ago, Peggielene Bartels, a naturalized U.S. citizen and secretary at Ghana's Embassy in Washington woke to the news that she had been crowned king of Otuam, a Ghanaian fishing village.
She accepted the lifetime appointment, and now divides her time between Otuam and Washington, D.C. She describes herself as a "commuter king" and chronicles straddling two cultures — and lives — in a new book, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village.
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Director Agnieszka Holland has been praised — and criticized — for her unconventional treatment of the Holocaust in such films as <em>Europa Europa </em>and <em>Angry Harvest</em>. With <em>In Darkness,</em> she returns again to a subject she had once vowed never to revisit.
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Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz, foreground, with Krzysztof Skonieczny) is portrayed as a man with mixed motivations — a hero almost in spite of himself.
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Paulina Chiger, played by Maria Schrader in Holland's film <em>In Darkness</em>, flees from Nazis rounding up Jews on the streets of Lvov. Chiger's daughter Krystyna tells NPR that the film is an<em> </em>accurate portrayal of how Leopold Socha sheltered her family in the city's sewers.
The film In Darkness tells a remarkable story of survival underground — under the streets, in fact, in the Polish city of Lvov — during World War II. It was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, who knows the subject and the setting firsthand, and it's one of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
Whitney Houston came home to New Jersey this weekend.
Friends and family attended a private memorial service for the pop singer at the church in Newark where she sang as a child. Houston's producer and mentor Clive Davis spoke about the string of hits she enjoyed at the beginning of her career. "Neither of us could believe the incredible worldwide explosion when it happened," Davis said. "When she broke that all-time record of seven consecutive number ones, which just felt utter disbelief. I would ask her, are you pinching yourself?"