Arts

2:13pm

Sat September 14, 2013
Code Switch

At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 5:40 pm

Marc Jacobs is among the designers who were named by the Diversity Coalition for not having enough models of color on the runway.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Color continued to be a big deal on the New York runways during Fashion Week this week, but almost all the color was represented by the clothes being showcased in the new collections and not the models wearing them.

That lack of diversity has been a perennial problem in the fashion industry — at home and abroad — for at least the past 15 years. And while there may be an Asian or Hispanic girl from time to time (in this industry, everyone is a "girl"), discernibly black girls get token representation if they get it at all.

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7:47am

Sat September 14, 2013
Author Interviews

Cows Have Accents ... And 1,226 Other 'Quite Interesting Facts'

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:28 am

Iakov Kalinin iStockphoto.com

Did you know that cows moo in regional accents? Or that 1 in 10 European babies was conceived in an IKEA bed? Or that two-thirds of the people on Earth have never seen snow?

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6:55am

Sat September 14, 2013
Author Interviews

Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:28 am

It's axiomatic now that comics have gone from being kids' stuff to, in some cases, adults only. These days, comics are recognized as a real artistic form, one that can be complex, subtle, pointed, probing and profane.

One of the artists most responsible for this is Art Spiegelman, who drew for Topps Bubble Gum comics, invented the Garbage Pail Kids, created a character who was all head, no body, for Playboy and won the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, his Holocaust comic — a phrase that was once unfathomable.

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4:58am

Sat September 14, 2013
Author Interviews

McMillan 'Asks' Readers To Empathize With A Family's Problems

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:28 am

Terry McMillan is the best-selling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Matthew Jordan Smith Courtesy of Penguin Group USA

Terry McMillan weaves together different voices, generations, races and surprises in her latest novel, Who Asked You?. It's a family story that revolves around Betty Jean — known as BJ — a woman who worked as a Los Angeles maid and raised three kids. Her husband is now retired and suffers from Alzheimer's and her children have grown up in radically different ways. One son, Dexter, is in prison. Another son, Quentin, is a successful chiropractor who has had multiple marriages, pointedly lives out of town and wants little contact with his family.

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4:57am

Sat September 14, 2013
Architecture

In Los Angeles, Showcasing A City That Might Have Been

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 10:52 pm

Pereira and Luckman, Los Angeles International Airport Original Plan, 1952
LAWA Flight Path Learning Center

A museum exhibit about buildings that don't exist might not sound all that exciting. But the Architecture & Design Museum in Los Angeles has had its crowds grow to 10 times their normal level for a show called Never Built: Los Angeles. It's on through Oct. 13 – and it's all about projects that were imagined for the city but never constructed.

Let's start with one of the most high-profile: a 1968 proposal that would've dramatically altered the profile of Mount Hollywood.

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8:28pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Writer Mark Leibovich Gets Quizzed On Louis XIV

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 12:32 pm

Ralph Alswang Courtesy Blue Rider Press

Washington, D.C., has long been thought of as a city filled with corrupt, cynical careerists who care only about themselves. Well, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich has written a book called This Town that basically proves it.

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12:04pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Faith Matters

Tweeting For Atonement: Sharing Sins On Social Media

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:04pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Economy

Recipe For A Great Burger? Fifteen Bucks An Hour

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. It is Friday and back in the day this was payday for most people, so we thought this was as good a day as any to talk about wealth, wages and poverty. In a few minutes we will hear about how poverty seems to be affecting the health of white women in a dramatic way.

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11:09am

Fri September 13, 2013
NPR Story

Oklahoma State Slammed By Sports Illustrated

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer Jimi Izrael, with us from Cleveland. Here in our Washington, D.C. studios, sports writer and journalism professor Kevin Blackistone, Corey Dade, contributing editor for The Root, and NPR editor Ammad Omar decided to stick around. What do you know?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Hey, why not?

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11:09am

Fri September 13, 2013
NPR Story

Is The NFL Weakening Defense Of Redskins' Name?

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Backtalk, that's where we hear from you. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us once again. What's going on today, Ammad?

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