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6:16pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Author Interviews

The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

What if you could drink the elixir of life โ€” sip from a magical spring that would make you live forever? Would you do it? That's the question at the heart of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, a celebrated book for young readers that's marking its 40th anniversary this year.

In the book, 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. The father, Angus Tuck, takes Winnie out in a rowboat to explain how unnatural it is to live forever; how the great wheel of life has to turn:

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4:34pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Parallels

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

Marie Mutsuki Mockett says the Japanese tradition of Tลrล nagashi โ€” lighting floating paper lanterns in honor of loved ones โ€” reminded her that she was not alone in her grief.
Alberto Carrasco Casado Flickr

Several years ago, when her father died unexpectedly, writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett became unmoored. Lost in a deep depression, Mockett turned to Japan's rituals of mourning for a way forward.

Mockett's mother's family owns and runs a temple just 25 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The plant melted down after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Mockett begged her cousin, the temple's priest, to leave, but he refused โ€” he said he needed to stay to care for the souls of the ancestors.

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3:39am

Tue January 27, 2015
Movies

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

Alex Gibney's Going Clear is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.
Sam Painter Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festival's must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tรณibรญn.


Interview Highlights

On the festival's stand-out documentaries

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5:46pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Code Switch

Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:38 pm

For the past 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center has held a Black Doll Show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country.
Priska Neely NPR

At The William Grant Still Arts Center in the West Adams neighborhood in Los Angeles, jazz superstars and comic book superheroes are gathered together โ€” in miniature, as part of the Black Doll Show.

For the past 34 years, the center has held a doll show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country. This year's theme is A League Supreme: Jazz Superheroes.

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5:24pm

Sun January 25, 2015
My Big Break

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:43 am

After moving back home, Tom Toro didn't know what to do with his life. But a stack of magazines at a used book sale gave him an idea. "There they were," Toro says. "Cartoons in among the articles."
Courtesy of Tom Toro

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.

Tom Toro didn't always dream of becoming a cartoonist at The New Yorker. Sure, he drew cartoons in college, but he didn't see that as a career path. Instead, he went to film school at NYU.

Then he came to the sudden realization that he was in the wrong field โ€” and he had no idea what he was going to do.

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6:14pm

Sat January 24, 2015
Research News

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

As the U.S. workforce continues to become more diverse, researchers are now more than ever examining diversity and bias in the work place.
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There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity.

Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense.

"People should be able to freely think, throw any crazy ideas, and any constraint would actually dampen creativity," Duguid says.

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5:20pm

Sat January 24, 2015
Code Switch

Between The Laughs, South African Comedian Hopes To Educate

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 7:15 pm

Comedian Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid โ€” "born a crime," as he says.
Byron Keulemans

On Thursday, South African comedian Trevor Noah made his second appearance as a senior international correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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12:00pm

Sat January 24, 2015
Author Interviews

Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:15 pm

In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. "For the first time in 40 years," he said, "the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together."

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4:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Author Interviews

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:00 am

Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook.
William "PoPsie" Randolph Courtesy of Riverhead

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music.

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5:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 10:14 am

The documentary Red Army profiles Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov โ€” one of the most decorated athletes in Soviet history.
Slava Fetisov Slava Fetisov/Sony Pictures Classics

When the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union in 1980's "Miracle on Ice," President Jimmy Carter called coach Herb Brooks to congratulate him on the win.

"Tell the whole team that we're extremely proud of them," Carter said. "I think it just proves that our way of life is the proper way to continue on."

The other way of life, the Soviet way โ€” which produced some of the best hockey players in the world โ€” only went on for another decade or so.

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4:01pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Franklin Foer recently wrote a cover story for The New Republic titled, "Amazon Must Be Stopped." He argued against Amazon at the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate โ€” and won.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Amazon owns 41 percent of all book sales and 67 percent of all e-book sales mainly because it offers lower prices. But the e-commerce company came under fire in late 2014 when Amazon and the publishing house Hachette faced off over who should set the price for e-books. The debate raises questions about Amazon's growing place in the market, the changing role of publishers and the value of books in our society.

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1:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
It's All Politics

State Of The Union Primer: What President Obama Proposed

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:56 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 20. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen in the background.
Mandel Ngan AP

Facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class.

After years of recession and war, Obama claimed "the shadow of crisis has passed." In its place, he asserted, is a future marked by "a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production."

Here's what Obama proposed on the policy front:

Economy

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6:24pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:55 am

Burton Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street, says investors in broadly based index funds do better in the long run than stock pickers.
Toby Richards AP

In 1973, Burton Malkiel published a very readable guide to investing called A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He didn't rest with the first edition, though. Over the past 42 years โ€” as we've lived through bubbles and crashes, scandals and fads โ€” Malkiel has returned more than a few times to his seminal Walk.

In fact, this year he plans to release the book's 11th edition.

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8:44pm

Sun January 18, 2015
History

From Wax Cylinders To Records, Saving The Sounds Of History

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:27 pm

Actor, playwright and composer Noel Coward rehearses for a show in 1951. A rare recording of Coward introducing his play Peace in Our Time is just one of the millions of sounds and recordings the British Library is looking to preserve.
Jimmy Sime Getty Images

History is literally fading away in London right now.

Many of the items in The British Library's vast collection of recorded sound are in danger of disappearing. Some just physically won't last much longer. Others are stored in long-dead formats.

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5:35pm

Sun January 18, 2015
My Big Break

A Tattooist And A Tweet Take A Band From Tiny Clubs To Tours

Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick provide the vocals for the band Fitz and the Tantrums.
Courtesy of the artist

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.

The Los Angeles-based band Fitz and the Tantrums has been called a "genre-smashing" group โ€” blending retro soul and R&B with indie pop.

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