Sun June 28, 2015
Author Interviews

Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 10:44 am

Courtest W.W. Norton & Company

Mary Anna King grew up in a housing project in southern New Jersey, with her older brother Jacob and struggling parents.

"When you're struggling financially and you're living in poverty ... it takes twice as much effort to do anything," she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

Her parents went on to have five more kids, all girls, and despite her mother's best efforts to keep the family together, all five girls were ultimately given up for adoption.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Around the Nation

What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:52 pm

A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create.
Steve Weinik Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

It took artist Katherine Craig about a year to create her nine-story mural on 2937 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Most people who drive around the city have seen it — one side of the Albert Kahn-designed building is covered in a blanket of electric blue, and a flowing waterfall of multicolored paint splatters descend from the roof line. It stands in stark contrast to the rest of the landscape of low buildings and muted Midwestern colors.

It's called "The Illuminated Mural" and it's become emblematic of Detroit's North End neighborhood.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Author Interviews

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 7:38 pm

Adonal Foyle (center) plays for the Orlando Magic against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007.
Doug Benc Getty Images

According to Sports Illustrated, more than half of all NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. Most of the players come into professional sports totally unequipped to handle their own windfalls like cars, houses and fancy clothes.

Former NBA star Adonal Foyle is trying to help.

He offers financial advice for current and future professional athletes in his book Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Book News & Features

Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 6:36 pm

Marvel has put half-African-American, half-Latino teen Miles Morales in the Spider-Man suit.
Courtesy of Marvel

Step aside, Peter Parker: There's a new Spider-Man joining the Marvel Universe.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Astronaut Sunita Williams Gets Quizzed On Storage Space

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 11:45 am


Astronaut Sunita Williams, known as Sunny around the Johnson Space Center, has spent a total of 322 days in space. She holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time (50 hours and 40 minutes) conducted by a female astronaut.

So since Williams is such an expert on outer space, we're going to quiz her on storage space. She'll answer three questions about the fascinating world of rental storage units.

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Sat June 27, 2015

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:02 am

Former band student Rosalee Talahongva in front of her old music building, which is being turned into a Native American cultural center.
Christopher Livesay NPR

From 1891 until 1990, just shy of a century, Phoenix Indian School boarded students from Navajo, Apache and other tribes across the Southwest.

Patty Talahongva is a Hopi who went to Phoenix Indian until 1979. By then, attendance was voluntary. That wasn't the case for generations of students before her.

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Sat June 27, 2015

What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 10:12 am

"Amanda and her Cousin Amy": Mary Ellen Mark photographed Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (right), and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8, in Valdese, N.C., in 1990.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Library

A good photograph can speak volumes about its subjects, yet still leave you wanting to know more.

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Sat June 27, 2015
Author Interviews

Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

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Sat June 27, 2015
Author Interviews

Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

Lydia Thompson NPR

Another summer, another best-seller from novelist Daniel Silva. In The English Spy, the most famous woman in the world — a titled and gorgeous ex-member of the British royal family — is sunk on her yacht. To track down her killer, British Intelligence needs a little help — actually, a lot of help — from Gabriel Allon, an unassuming art restorer who is also, to those who have to know, a legendary and indispensable Israeli spy.

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Sat June 27, 2015

Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 10:30 am

Played by Olivier or not — Heathcliff was really kind of a jerk by romance hero standards.
United Artists

There's one hard and fast rule for the romance novel: It has to have a happy ending. The two people you think should be together will be together in the end. But the journey to that happily-ever-after can be a bumpy one. And romance heroes come in many forms.

I wanted to find out what makes romance heroes so, well, romantic — and the first thing I learned is that romance fans have a language of their own. "We have names and acronyms for everything within the genre," says Jane Litte, who blogs about romance at Dear Author.

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