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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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."