Arts

2:33pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Author Interviews

Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:10 pm

Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy and murder charges in 1969.
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Lots of listeners read all kinds of messages into The Beatles' White Album, but nothing compares to the album's impact on Charles Manson. He heard it as a message to him and his followers — known as "The Family" — that the world was on the verge of an apocalyptic race war in which blacks would rise up against their white oppressors and enslave them.

This battle would be set off by an event called Helter Skelter, after the eponymous Beatles song, and Manson planned to lead his followers into the desert, where they would hide until the chaos ended.

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9:47am

Wed September 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Is Nina Davuluri 'American Enough' To Be Miss America?

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:51 pm

Nina Davuluri says Miss America — whom she's always seen as the girl next door — is evolving.
Brian McCabe NPR

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, took the crown in this year's Miss America beauty pageant. It was the 87th year of the competition, and Davuluri was one of two Asian-Americans in the final round. Although she's just a few days into her reign, Davuluri has already made history. She's the first Indian-American Miss America.

Her win highlights how far the U.S. has come, but also how far the country has to go: Racist tweets flooded in on Twitter right after her victory.

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7:22am

Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Lost Hemingway Satire Will Finally Be Published

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:33 am

American writer Ernest Hemingway.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:03am

Wed September 18, 2013
Book Reviews

Here's Danny! 'Doctor Sleep' Picks Up Where 'Shining' Left Off

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 2:33 pm

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If you're a dutiful fan of Stephen King's work — myself, I'm an off again, on again follower — you will have read The Shining, King's hit 1977 novel about a haunted resort in the Colorado Rockies. Depending on how recently you immersed yourself in that story, you'll have a sharp or vague recollection of a young child with the power of "shining," or mind-reading mixed with telekinesis.

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4:27am

Wed September 18, 2013
Politics

House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:44 pm

Advocates for the poor say the proposed cuts to the food stamp program — $40 billion over 10 years — don't make sense at a time when unemployment remains high.
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The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.

The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure's Republican backers say it attacks fraud, but advocates say it will hurt the poor.

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3:16am

Wed September 18, 2013
The Salt

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:26 am

Fourth year Tulane medical school student Neha Solanki (far right) preps a Greek frittata during a class at Johnson & Wales.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says.

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3:16am

Wed September 18, 2013
Author Interviews

'Don't Know'? Just Admit It

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:19 am

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We've all faked our way through conversations before — whether about books we haven't read, movies we haven't seen or concepts we don't understand. In her new book, I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't), Leah Hager Cohen explores moments in history and everyday life when "I don't know" can have a big impact.

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5:02pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Code Switch

How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 8:45 pm

An early flier for an event at King's College --” which would later become Columbia University — included an advertisement for a slave auction.
John Minchillo AP

A few years ago, Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. The report found that the Brown family — the wealthy Rhode Island merchants for whom the university was named — were "not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either."

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4:57pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Books

A Brazilian Writer's Love Letter To Rio De Janeiro

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 6:55 pm

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shown just before sunrise.
Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

While NPR's Melissa Block is in Brazil, we'll be showcasing the work of several Brazilian writers. Today: Tatiana Salem Levy, whose short story "Blazing Sun" was featured in the literary magazine Granta. Levy splits her time between Rio de Janeiro, where she's spent most of her life, and Lisbon, where she was born. She calls "Blazing Sun," which is excerpted below, her love letter to Rio.

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1:39pm

Tue September 17, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 10:37 am

Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

With a career that spans rock, pop, country and everything in between, Linda Ronstadt knows no genre, only what her voice can accomplish. Her most famous recordings include "Heart Like a Wheel," "Desperado," "Faithless Love," and many more. But last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing.

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