Sat August 31, 2013
Author Interviews

Questions For Hugh Howey, Author Of 'WOOL'

Hugh Howey self-published the original WOOL novella in 2011. It has since grown to become a best-selling phenomenon.
Amber Lyda

After a varied career as a computer repairman and yacht captain, Hugh Howey turned his hand to writing. He'd self-published several novels and stories when the sci-fi dystopia WOOL, originally just a novella, found sudden runaway success in 2011. Howey found himself writing sequel after sequel to keep up with reader demand — the latest volume, Dust, was released in August.

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Sat August 31, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

There's Nothing To Do Here, And It's Perfect

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 7:05 am

Visitors explore Robert Irwin's Scrim Veil--Black Rectangle--Natural Light during its 2013 reprise at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
©Robert Irwin/Photography ©2013 Philipp Scholz Rittermann Courtesy of the Whitney Museum

The elements of Robert Irwin's installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art — the show ends today — are named in the work's title: Scrim Veil--Black rectangle—Natural Light. There's no mystery. No magical ingredient.

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Sat August 31, 2013
The Salt

Don't Panic! Your Questions On (Not) Washing Raw Chickens

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 2:25 pm


Without meaning to, I seem to have sparked a "small #chickensh*tstorm," as food writer Michael Ruhlman put it, with my recent post about why you shouldn't wash your raw poultry. The strong, even vituperative responses to the post surprised me. I didn't anticipate that Americans would be quite so passionate about poultry hygiene.

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Sat August 31, 2013
All Tech Considered

Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 11:59 am


Comedian Mark Malkoff has lived for a week inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus across 42nd Street.

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Fri August 30, 2013
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 11:56 am

Lisa Marie Mazzucco Emanuel Ax

This week we're recording at Tanglewood — the outdoor music venue in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts — and we thought it would be a good time to talk with classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who has won seven Grammy awards and recorded with the world's greatest orchestras.

We've invited Ax to play a game called "You make men irresistible to women!" Three questions about Axe body spray.

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Fri August 30, 2013

How Do You Say ...? For Some Words, There's No Easy Translation

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

Ella Frances Sanders Maptia

Just as good writing demands brevity, so, too, does spoken language. Sentences and phrases get whittled down over time. One result: single words that are packed with meaning, words that are so succinct and detailed in what they connote in one language that they may have no corresponding word in another language.

Such words aroused the curiosity of the folks at a website called Maptia, which aims to encourage people to tell stories about places.

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Fri August 30, 2013
Art & Design

British Designer Ozwald Boateng's Dream To Dress Africa

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Designer Ozwald Boateng became the first black designer on London's prestigious Savile Row. Since then, he's made quite the name for himself; his tailored suits cost as much as 40 grand. Host Michel Martin speaks with the so-called 'Statesman of Cool' about his career, style and Ghanaian heritage. This segment initially aired June 12, 2013 on Tell Me More.


Fri August 30, 2013

Examining Jamaica's Homophobia

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 12:03 pm

Jamaica is known for beaches and warm weather, but for many gay and lesbian people living on the island, it's a place of hatred. A documentary, The Abominable Crime shines a light on homophobia and anti-gay violence in Jamaica. Host Michel Martin finds out more from filmmaker Micah Fink and human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson. This segment initially aired July 22, 2013 on Tell Me More.


Fri August 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Heaney's Poems — Great, Dangerous, Healing — Live On

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:57 pm

Poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, is seen here in a file photo from 1991, when he was a professor at Harvard. Heaney has died at age 74.
Joe Wrinn AP


Fri August 30, 2013

Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:30 pm



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