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6:39pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Theater

Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Glenn Close stars as Agnes in Edward Albee's play A Delicate Balance.
Brigitte Lacombe Philip Rinaldi Publicity

In 1995, Glenn Close won her third Tony Award for her role the Broadway musical Sunset Boulevard. Now, after 20-year hiatus, Close is back on Broadway. She's starring alongside John Lithgow in A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story follows Agnes (Close), a suburban matron striving to keep the peace in a household she her husband (Lithgow) share with her sister, who's an alcoholic; their daughter, who's a serial divorcee; and their best friends who have fled their own home in an inexplicable terror.

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5:15am

Thu December 11, 2014
Book News & Features

Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:21 am

Kainaz Amaria NPR

Welcome to the first meeting of the Morning Edition Reads book club! Here's how it's going to work: A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We'll all read it. Then, you'll send us your questions about the book. And about a month later, we'll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer who picked it.

Ready? Here we go:

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4:56pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Many plants we eat today are a result of genetic modifications that would never occur in nature. Scientists have long been altering the genes of food crops, to boost food production and to make crops more pest-, drought- and cold-resistant.

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5:31am

Wed December 10, 2014
The Salt

Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 9:06 pm

At the end of the day, Roma tomatoes are ready for transport in Cristo Rey in the state of Sinaloa. Half the tomatoes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico.
Don Bartletti Los Angeles Times

"Product of Mexico" — it's a label you see on fruit and vegetable stickers in supermarkets across the U.S.

It's also the name of an investigative series appearing this week in the Los Angeles Times.

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Author Interviews

WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 11:11 am

This week in 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Over the next few years, millions of Americans would leave home to fight in Europe and the Pacific. They had few comforts and little in the way of escape or entertainment — at least not until American publishers got involved.

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5:19pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Author Interviews

Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970.
Frank Empson The Tennessean

Language advisory: Quotes in this story contain language some find offensive.


Many people are familiar with the big stories of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African American athletes became "firsts" — whether they liked that distinction or not.

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5:09pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Books

How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1970.
AP

Most books about President Richard Nixon focus either on his foreign policies or on the crimes and misdemeanors that forced his resignation under threat of impeachment.

Not Stephen Hess's new book, The Professor and the President.

Hess, who has been writing about government for decades out of Washington's Brookings Institution, witnessed a rare partnership inside the White House.

The president — Nixon — was a Republican who felt obliged to do something about welfare.

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6:35pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Author Interviews

Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:07 am

Stories of My Life book cover

Katherine Paterson is the winner of two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. Her best-sellers include The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and her most famous book, Bridge to Terabithia.

Paterson was born in China to missionary parents. She tells NPR's Arun Rath that she had an idyllic childhood until about the age of 5, when Japan invaded China. "Those years were very scary years," she says.

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10:40am

Sun December 7, 2014
Food

Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For 'Meat'-Loving Vegans

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 1:44 pm

No need to wonder what's in this bologna; The Herbivorous Butcher lists every ingredient on its website: Tofu, vital wheat gluten, tomato juice, tapioca flour, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, vegan beef bouillon, canola oil, soy sauce, agar agar, red beet powder, sugar, salt, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder and celery seed.
Jonathan A. Armstrong Courtesy The Herbivorous Butcher

Take a moment to imagine platters of andouille sausage, barbecue ribs and bacon. Now think of all of those dishes without meat.

It might seem like a contradiction, but brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch — yes, Kale — are opening the first vegan butcher shop next spring in Minneapolis, to be called the Herbivorous Butcher. They plan to bring their customers all of those delicious meat flavors, minus the meat.

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7:38am

Sun December 7, 2014
Author Interviews

Billions Of Years Go By, All In The Same 'Room'

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 1:50 pm

A two-page spread from Here.
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