What Happens When You Ask Celebrities What They're Wearing … In Klingon?

Idris Elba arrives at the world premiere of "Star Trek Beyond" at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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On Wednesday night, the film Star Trek: Beyond held its red-carpet premiere at San Diego Comic-Con. They went all out – a live orchestra, fireworks, a laser show. Conan O’Brien hosted the gig. NPR’s Nina Gregory reported on it for Morning Edition yesterday.

NPR doesn’t really do red carpets, so we figured we’d make the most of this one. (We were stationed right between the R and the E of Star Trek Beyond.)

Nina asked a Klingon expert – who, in a move that will not surprise you in the least, asked to be identified as “Admiral qurgh of the Klingon Assault Group” – how a Klingon would say, “Who are you wearing?”

The answer, for the record, is “Sut DatuQtaHbogh chenmoH ‘lv?” (Literally: Who created the clothing that you are wearing?”)

As the film’s cast filed by, Nina gamely fired off the question. Below, their varied reactions.

  • Deep Roy, who plays Keenser: suspicion.
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    Deep Roy, who plays Keenser: suspicion.
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  • Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays the High Command of the Federation: confused delight.
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    Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays the High Command of the Federation: confused delight.
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  • Idris Elba, who plays the villain Krall: evidently concerned that Nina's choking on a soft pretzel.
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    Idris Elba, who plays the villain Krall: evidently concerned that Nina’s choking on a soft pretzel.
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  • Doug Jung, who co-wrote the film with Simon Pegg (and appears as Sulu's husband): game good humor.
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    Doug Jung, who co-wrote the film with Simon Pegg (and appears as Sulu’s husband): game good humor.
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  • Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene, and executive producer of the upcoming Trek TV series: "Oh geez, I should know this, I should know this."
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    Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene, and executive producer of the upcoming Trek TV series: “Oh geez, I should know this, I should know this.”
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Russian pranksters call heads of WADA and US anti-doping agency

Russian media published on Friday calls by two comedians to the heads of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) pretending to be Ukrainian Sports Minister Ihor Zhdanov.

Pranskters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov separately called WADA head Craig Reedie and USADA head Travis Tygart, according to recordings published online by Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news agency.

Sputnik said the two callers “managed to trick” the two anti-doping officials “into revealing the truth behind the doping scandal”. They made the calls for a comedy show on Russia’s NTV channel, which will be shown on Friday evening.

Publishing the calls ahead of the program, Sputnik said they had been made on May 28, before the results of a WADA-backed investigation into doping allegations were published.

Kuznetsov asked Reedie whether he thought the results of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics should be revised in light of the doping scandal. Reedie said that he didn’t yet see proof of Russia’s wrong-doing and advised the caller, believing him to be Zhdanov, to await the results of the investigation.

Stolyarov also asked Tygart whether Sochi biathlon results should be revised, resulting in Ukrainians gaining medals awarded to Russians. Tygart said that this could potentially happen, but also said this would depend on the investigation.

President Vladimir Putin and his allies have deftly deflected the blame for the scandal by passing it off as a western Cold War-style plot to sabotage Russia’s international comeback.

Kuznetsov and Stolyarov have a history of making embarrassing calls to celebrities, notably British singer Elton John, who spoke to them last September believing he was speaking to Putin.

(Reporting By Jason Bush)

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Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

July 22, 20163:09 PM ET

Pianist Jacky Terrasson was born in Berlin and raised in Paris. After moving to the U.S., he studied at Berklee College of Music and won the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has toured internationally and collaborated with greats such as Ray Brown, Cassandra Wilson and Ry Cooder.

When he was first emerging to wider attention, Terrasson demonstrated his extraordinary talents in this 1995 Piano Jazz session, playing standards like “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and “Oleo.”

Originally broadcast Winter 1995.

Set List
  • “In Your Own Sweet Way” (Brubeck)
  • “Oleo” (Rollins)
  • “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” (Van Heusen, Burke)
  • “All The Things You Are” (Kern, Hammerstein)
  • “Stranger In A Dream” (McPartland)
  • “Well You Needn’t” (Monk)
  • “Lost” (Terrasson)
  • “Close Enough For Love” (Mandel, Williams)
  • “The Song Is You” (Kern)

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Police: 'Several Dead And Wounded' In Munich Mall Shooting

A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there had been “several dead and wounded” in the shooting at Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. She could not provide exact numbers.

“The shooter or shooters are still on the run” either in or around the mall, she said.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed at least one dead and multiple people hurt.

Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall shortly before 6 p.m. local time. He said police didn’t know whether they were dealing with one or multiple shooters.

Public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that shops in the center of Munich had closed with customers inside. Munich police urged people to avoid public places. “The situation is still unclear,” they said on Twitter.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti gets the latest from NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Germany.

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Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR international correspondent, based in Berlin. She tweets @sorayanelson.

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Esmé Patterson On World Cafe

Esmé Patterson performs live at Non-Comm 2016 in Philadelphia.

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  • “Waves”
  • “No River”
  • “Wantin Ain’t Gettin”
  • “Feel Right”

Originally from Colorado and part of the same singer-songwriter scene that gave us Nathaniel Rateliff, Esmé Patterson was initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister. Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released this past June, titled We Were Wild.

While the transition to her sound on We Were Wild was still underway, Patterson also recorded and toured with Austin musician Shakey Graves. Their duet in “Dearly Departed” became a bit of a hit and helped get her name around. She told World Cafe that keeping her options open has made it possible to explore the professional opportunities she’s encountered.

Watch Patterson’s complete set, performed live at Non-Comm 2016 in Philadelphia.

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At Least 3 Dead From Shooting In Munich, German Authorities Say

Police officers respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum shopping center on Friday in Munich, Germany.

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A shooting at a shopping mall in Munich has left at least three people dead, according to the Bavarian Interior Ministry, NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports. The suspected shooters are still at large.

Police are acting on the assumption there were at least three gunman, Soraya says, but nothing is known about the shooters or the motivation behind the attack. Multiple people have been injured.

“The police are describing this as an active shooting scene,” she says.

Police have asked local residents to remain indoors and avoid public areas. Public transportation has been shut down in the area.

“The suspects are still on the run,” the Munich police tweeted. The police described the situation as “unclear.”

Witnesses reported seeing three people with weapons, police said on Facebook.

The attack reportedly began at a McDonald’s located near the Olympia shopping center.

Soraya notes that Munich was already on edge because of an ax and knife attack earlier this week. That attack, allegedly carried out by a 17-year-old Afghan, was in the town of Wurzburg, north of Munich, in the same state of Bavaria.

This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We’ll move quickly to correct the record and we’ll only point to the best information we have at the time.

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Watch Wild Belle Perform Live In The Studio

July 22, 20162:20 PM ET

The brother-sister duo Wild Belle found inspiration for its latest recording in its native city of Chicago, in its adopted homes in Los Angeles and Jamaica, and most of all in its members’ romantic entanglements. The pair’s island pop is a refreshing treat — especially the title track from Dreamland.

Set List
  • “Dreamland”

Watch Wild Belle’s full performance at KCRW.com.

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Scraped, Splattered – But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Caption from @emptyplatesofny: “I wouldn’t say that I’m famous, but Brad Pitt has eaten off me before…” — Clint, West Village; Delicious banana nut bread Courtesy of Brandon Scott Wolf hide caption

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Plates have long had a seat at the table, but they’ve suffered in silence – quietly bearing the indignities of everything from barbecue sauce to mustard stains.

Until now.

In February 2016, Brooklyn-based comedian Brandon Scott Wolf created an Instagram account called “Empty Plates of New York,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Wolf posts pictures of empty plates after eating meals around New York, describes the meal, and then includes a “quote” from the plate. (“Life can get messy, but thankfully I always find my way to the dishwasher,” muses Lawrence, a brown plate from Midtown.)

“Plates have voices as well,” Wolf tells The Salt. As of this writing, his account has 2,098 followers.

About This Headline: The headline for this story was chosen through our NPR Live competition “Head to Head,” in which we pit two NPR employees against each other — and the public — to come up with the best headline for a story. Watch the battle here.

That said, after we chose the winning headline — “Empty Plates Full Of Feelings” — we changed our minds and chose one of the runners-up instead. (Hey, it’s a lot of pressure making a choice live! We now sympathize greatly with all Bachelorettes.)

Wolf says the muse struck when he was trying to increase his social media presence. He had a Facebook, a Twitter account and a website where women could apply to date him, but no Instagram.

“I started looking at the app, and it was primarily food and pictures of Ariana Grande,” Wolf says. “I thought, I could do something with food.”

He took inspiration from the popular project “Humans of New York,” which pairs portraits of people with autobiographical quotes from the subjects. Then Wolf added a twist: Ditch the people for plates.

“I honestly say, ‘What does this plate have to say?’ ” Wolf explains. “I end up writing from the viewpoint of a basket who says, ‘Hey, I’m not a plate, but I identify as a plate.’ “

Caption from @emptyplatesofny: "You may not think it from the looks of me, but I suffer from depression." — Carol, Park Slope; Delicious teriyaki salmon with asparagus

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“At first, I thought he was kidding, but he actually is serious about it,” says college friend Dan Sepe, who works in PR – an industry that seems to have failed plates completely.

Sepe, who has eaten out many times with Wolf, recounts a post-meal photo shoot at a Korean restaurant. “He took the plate and was positioning it. … It was very apparent that people were looking and going, what’s this guy doing with this plate?”

Still, Sepe believes in Wolf’s project. “He’s telling the story from the plate’s perspective,” Sepe says. “It’s less about the person, and it’s more about the plate.”

Wolf aims to post one plate picture per day. He compares his images to the work of splatter artist Jackson Pollock “for obvious reasons.” The prospect that some people might find his dirty plates unappetizing or even disgusting doesn’t trouble Wolf. “Like most people say of art of any kind,” he says, “as long as you feel something and want to talk about it, that’s good.”

Caption from @emptyplatesofny: "Platers gonna plate!" — Tony, East Williamsburg; Delicious chipotle spiced chicken and bison with brown rice and mixed vegetables

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Some of his Instagram followers appreciate the lack of culinary appeal. “I like that it doesn’t make me hungry,” says follower Samantha Jane Gurewitz, who works primarily as a makeup artist in New York City.

The empty plates are also a hit with the artist’s mother. “The empty plates show me that he nourishes himself correctly,” says Andrea Wolf. She says she never had trouble getting her son to clean his plate as a child and that his favorite food was broccoli. “I’m so proud of my son. I just can’t say enough about him … I’m maybe his biggest fan.”

But Wolf hopes to dish out more than just Instagram photos. He’s toying with the idea of a cookbook featuring exclusively pictures of empty plates and potentially donating proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City. Until then, he continues to bring power to platters and succor to saucers.

“The Internet is very strange,” says Wolf of his Instagram’s success. But he says the project is helping him grow. “This project is based on the dedication to write every day,” Wolf says, “and really a testament to the amount of time I have on my hands.”

Caption from @emptyplatesofny: "Never meet your heroes. They always get eaten." — Julian, Fort Greene; Delicious Buffalo chicken meatball hero with French fries

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