Arts

5:29am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Picture Show

Documenting America's Environments: Then And Now

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 2:26 pm

East Boston, Mass., in 1973 (left) and in 2012.
Michael P. Manheim Environmental Protection Agency

In 1971, when the Environmental Protection Agency was in its early days, someone at the agency got the idea to send nearly 100 freelance photographers around America to document the country. These weren't postcard shots, but pictures of street corners, freight yards, parking lots, alleyways — wherever people were working and living. It was called Documerica, and it went on for seven years.

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4:39pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Monkey See

Rita Wilson On Life After 50: 'Get Ready, It's A Blast'

Rita Wilson, seen here performing in March, is the editor-at-large of the Huff/Post50 section of The Huffington Post.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

4:37pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Author Interviews

Sex Overseas: 'What Soldiers Do' Complicates WWII History

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

Cover of What Soldiers Do

Americans often think of World War II as the "good war," but historian Mary Louise Roberts says her new book might make our understanding of that conflict "more truthful and more complex." The book, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France, tells the story of relations between American men and French women in Normandy and elsewhere.

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1:12pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Monkey See

Truth In Advertising: Pregnant Ladies Date On 'Pregnant And Dating'

The cast of WE tv's Pregnant & Dating. They are all pregnant. Also dating.
WE tv

There's a part of basic cable that you might call "soft reality" — the unscripted shows where everybody is nice, almost all the stories are happy, the comedy is mostly gentle, and the main characters are meant to be very sympathetic. Soft reality loves pregnancy and childbirth, as seen on shows like A Baby Story and some of the shows about giving birth to multiples. (Jon & Kate Plus 8 started as soft reality and wound up as something else entirely.)

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11:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Arts & Life

Rita Wilson Says Fifty Is Fabulous

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:26 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll head into the Barber Shop to get the buzz on some hot topics in the news. But first we want to hear about another place to hang out to find out about what's going on in the world. That would be the Internet. And while a lot of people might think that that's the domain of the younger set, it turns out that there is a thriving online world catering to 40 and 50-somethings.

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11:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Music

'Ten Black Men' Author Inspired By Music By Black Women

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now why don't we take a little music break with the occasional feature we call IN YOUR EAR. That's where some of our guest tell us about the songs that inspire them or just make them dance. Today we hear from a writer who decided to dig deeper into what we know about Martin Luther King Junior and other prominent African American men.

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11:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
Barbershop

Should Journalists Attend Holder's Off-The-Record Meeting?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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11:10am

Fri May 31, 2013
BackTalk

Should Art Sale Help Save Detroit?

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 12:37 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 with me once again. What's going on today, Ammad?

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7:11am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: World's Oldest Torah Scroll Found, Italian Scholar Says

This sheepskin scroll found in the University of Bologna archives dates from 1155 to 1225, according to carbon testing.
AP

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

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2:22am

Fri May 31, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

Field Trip! 10 Books That Will Send Kids Exploring

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 8:34 am

Andrew Bannecker

When I recommend books to kids or grown-ups, I can almost always get them interested if I add "Oh, and after you read this book, you could go on a field trip to the museum/zoo/baseball stadium/library ... or just take a little road trip!" Spring 2013 has been a very good year for children's books that spark the imagination and make kids (and grownups) want to do a little more exploring.

Books like these can be the start of amazing adventures. Enjoy!

Mara Alpert is a librarian in the Children's Literature Department at the Los Angeles Public Library.

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