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Book Reviews
2:26 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Just In Time For Poetry Month, Four Fantastic Books Of Verse

Andreas Rentz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 8:52 am

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than with new poetry releases? Here are four of this month's highlights — a new translation, a "best of" collection, a "collected works" worth revisiting and a camera-eye view of the world.

The Divine Comedy

The season premiere of Mad Men opened with John Ciardi's 1954 translation of Dante's Inferno:

Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood.

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NPR Story
2:26 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Police In Bangladesh Arrest 2 In Factory Collapse

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:21 am

Two owners of garment factories in a Bangladesh building that collapsed into a pile of mangled metal and concrete have been arrested as public fury mounts over the accident that left at least 324 dead.

Junior Home Minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said Saturday that police had arrested Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels Ltd., and Mahmudur Rahman Tapash, the company chairman.

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Planet Money
2:11 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Planet Money: The Lollipop War

Spangler Candy via Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 9:12 am

Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 million lollipops a day — that's a big deal.

On today's show, we visit a candy factory in Ohio (where they want U.S. sugar to be cheaper) and a sugar-beet field in Minnesota (where they don't). And, perhaps inevitably, we hear from Washington, where the fight over sugar has been playing out for years.

For more, read our post from earlier today.

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This Is NPR
2:11 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

NPR In The News: The Planet Bitcoin Edition

NPR's Adam Davidson on The Colbert Report.
Screenshot/The Colbert Report

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:47 pm

NPR's Planet Money co-host Adam Davidson appeared on The Colbert Report last week to explain Bitcoin and what people do with this digital currency. To wrap up the segment, Host Stephen Colbert added some context to the issue:

"[Does NPR] take bitcoin in exchange for, like, tote bags?... If Bitcoin gets there, we know Bitcoin's made it." Watch more from their conversation here:

Music News
2:11 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

When Clarence Thomas Wrote To George Jones

Brendan Banaszak NPR

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:55 pm

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The Picture Show
2:09 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

A Photographer And His Friend, 'That Tree'

April 30, 2012. "That Tree" is an ancient Bur Oak growing on the edge of a cornfield near Platteville, Wis.
Courtesy of Mark Hirsch

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:12 pm

Mark Hirsch is a 52-year-old photojournalist who happens to be friends with a tree — specifically, a towering bur oak on the edge of a cornfield in southwest Wisconsin. This unique relationship began on March 23, 2012, when Hirsch photographed the tree with his new iPhone, during a particularly impressive sunset. That test of new technology turned into a yearlong documentation, and a personal transformation.

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Monkey See
2:09 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Tribeca Diary: Documentary Roundup

A group of young women pose for a picture in a still from the documentary Teenage, a film that explores the evolution of young adulthood in America and abroad.
Tribeca Film Festival

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:33 pm

Writer Joel Arnold is surveying the scene at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs in New York City through April 28. He'll be filing occasional dispatches for Monkey See.

I keep going back to the documentaries. Out of the 14 films I've seen here so far, the documentaries have consistently offered some of the most inherently dynamic subjects — and served up surprising moments of discovery.

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From Scratch
2:09 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Gerald Chertavian, Founder And CEO Of Year Up

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Host Jessica Harris will speak with Geral Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up. It is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that provides one-year intensive education and training programs for young adults ages 19-24.

Later, we will also hear from Michael and Rick Mast, founders of Mast Brothers.

Deceptive Cadence
2:07 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Madame Mao's Hollywood Fantasies

A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971.
Zhang Yaxin Courtesy of the see+ Gallery, Beijing, and the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 3:56 pm

During the chaos and oppression of China's Cultural Revolution, one curious new theatrical genre was born — and it was the child of the Communist Party. Jiang Qing (a.ka. Madame Mao), a former stage and screen actress and the notorious wife of Mao Zedong, led the creation of yang ban xi: "model works" that were meant, in words attributed to Chairman Mao, to "serve the interests of the workers, peasants, and soldiers and [conforming] to proletarian ideology."

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The Record
2:06 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

The Tyler Interview: Silly, But With A Purpose

Elliott Wilson (left) and Tyler The Creator Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom.
Johnny Nunez WireImage

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 2:42 pm

Interviewing Odd Future visionary Tyler, the Creator is a crapshoot.

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