Arts

3:21pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Author Interviews

On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 4:36 pm

As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.

So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.

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7:44am

Mon July 21, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:57 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:15am

Mon July 21, 2014
Crime In The City

Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:33 am

Black demonstrators run down a Natchez, Miss., street in 1967 after a report that several white youths with a gun were near. The town's civil rights past informs author Greg Iles' crime fiction.
AP

Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, Natchez Burning, is the first in a trilogy that takes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.

Iles' hero, Penn Cage, is a former prosecutor and widowed single father who has returned to his childhood home. Once there, he finds himself confronting killers, corruption and dark secrets.

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5:31pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Remembrances

Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 8:09 pm

Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

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5:31pm

Sun July 20, 2014
My Big Break

Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:43 pm

Shaun Blokker, known as Shaun T, is the man behind the fitness programs Hip Hop Abs and Insanity.
Derek Baron

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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4:41pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Monkey See

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

James Garner plays Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files in a 1988 photo.
DPA /Landov

I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on The Rockford Files, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.

All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.

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3:33pm

Sun July 20, 2014
Code Switch

When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:47 am

In the past year, my first in a prestigious Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature, I have often felt conspicuous as a writer of color. I have felt a responsibility to speak up when race is discussed, but I have also resented this responsibility. Lately, I have found myself burying my head. It bothers me to no end that the pressure is beating me, and yet it is.

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11:40am

Sun July 20, 2014
Performing Arts

At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:08 pm

Michael Palin, left, and Terry Gilliam perform on the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly). The final performance of the reunion show, on Sunday, will be live-streamed at theaters around the world.
Dave J Hogan Getty Images

10:48am

Sun July 20, 2014
Television

James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:09 pm

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

10:37am

Sun July 20, 2014
Books

How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:08 pm

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Usually, when I do an interview, I'm the one asking the questions. But when I sat down with writer Douglas Coupland, he had some questions for me.

DOUG COUPLAND: Have you ever tried to get rid of a body?

RATH: Not a human body, no. Some I was unqualified to answer.

COUPLAND: Why do different parts of the body taste different? Why does liver taste like liver, and why does tongue taste like - ugh - tongue?

RATH: And for some reason, this.

COUPLAND: Have you ever done a musical?

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