Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:41 pm
Da Chen is the author of My Last Empress.
In fiction, setting is a local goddess you must kowtow to before you lift up your pen and attempt to create an authentic fictional world. It is a lofty stage to be erected — an ornate frame within which a masterful painting will be hung.
Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 3:38 pm
Tonight, rocker Pete Townshend and his celebrated band The Who are set to entertain a crowd of screaming fans at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Yesterday, however, the songwriter took the spotlight in a much quieter venue, joining NPR contributing host Jacki Lyden on Talk of the Nation at our DC headquarters. In a live interview about his childhood, songwriting and new memoir, Who I Am, Townshend also responded to fans who dialed in to share their "Who moment."
Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 3:28 pm
"What I love most about NPR is the way its programming can simultaneously touch our individual lives and bring us together as a nation. No matter what part of the country you are in, it's as if we are all listening to the same radio when each of us is tuned in to our local NPR station."
Scott Campbell @scttcmpbll Listens to WWNO, New Orleans, LA
The DOC NYC film festival wraps up with The Central Park Five. The film recounts the notorious rape case of the Central Park jogger and the five young men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for her rape. Host Michel Martin speaks with Raymond Santana, one of the convicted men. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners.
Journalist Katherine Boo won this year's National Book Award for Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity. She talks with host Michel Martin about the award, and the story behind her book.
Switching gears now, we've all heard about how veterans leave the military with lifelong lessons about discipline, camaraderie and staying cool under fire, but our next guest says his military service also helped him with his finances.
Steve Repak is a veteran who is now a certified financial planner. He says he's applied what he learned in the Army to apply discipline to his finances. He's written a book to share what he learned. It's called "Dollars and Uncommon Sense: Basic Training for Your Money," and he's with us now.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. In a few minutes, we will speak with the winner of the prestigious National Book Award for Nonfiction, author Katherine Boo. She was honored for her book about the people in a neighborhood in Mumbai, and she'll tell us more about it in a few minutes.
Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 2:50 pm
Endless love is not always a good thing,, as some of pop's best kinda creepy songs attest. "You'll find some things you can't leave behind," roars Gary Nichols, leading the harmony rush in "I'll Be There," the aggressively haunting song from daring bluegrass outfit The SteelDrivers.