Chris Morgan Jones spent more than a decade in the private intelligence industry, working as a corporate spy who specialized in Russian projects.<em></em> His first novel, <em>The Silent Oligarch</em>, was translated into six languages.
Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 6:03 am
Chris Morgan Jones' latest espionage novel, The Jackal's Share, makes a reader appreciate the attractions of simplicity. There aren't any glitzy tricks here: no over-the-top villains or weapons arsenals; no le Carre-like meditations on the existential identity of the spy.
Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek, joins NPR's Steve Inskeep again for an occasional feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. She tells us what she's been reading and gives us recommendations.
This month, Brown sent three recommendations that all deal with the post-Sept. 11 world — stories of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the military and political issues that shape the Middle East and the world at large.
Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 11:25 am
Alto saxophonist Tim Green is no stranger to New York, having studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He's also lived in Los Angeles, where he attended the Thelonious Monk Institute's handpicked masters program. But he's now settled in Baltimore, where he grew up. Since he got home, he's finished up his first recording, Songs From This Season, which casts musicians from up and down the East Coast to execute his compositions. Here, he brings his impassioned delivery to a quintet gig in downtown Manhattan.
Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:27 pm
Science continues to show that what we think makes us human may not be so unique: New research finds that bottlenose dolphins call the "names of loved ones when they become separated," Discovery News reports.
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:03 pm
When you buy soda or beer in Michigan, you pay a 10 cent deposit on every can and bottle. You get the deposit back when you return the empties for recycling.
It's a good way to get people to recycle. But it also creates an incentive for garbage arbitrage. You can get empties from neighboring states without deposit laws, bring them to Michigan, and claim the deposit.
Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:41 am
Sometimes behind what appears to be a mere grammatical issue hides a much deeper question of meaning.
The reader can easily check, after glancing at a handful of books and articles, including here at 13.7, that the word "universe" sometimes is capitalized and sometimes not. How is that decided, exactly? And who decides it? A choice is being made every time an author (or, more realistically, an editor) refers to the cosmos as "Universe" or as "universe." Let's ponder the reasoning behind this choice.