Evan S. Connell, whose literary explorations ranged from Depression-era Kansas City in the twin novels <em>Mrs. Bridge</em> and <em>Mr. Bridge</em> to Custer's last stand in <em>Son of the Morning Star</em>, died Thursday in Santa Fe, N.M.
Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 6:03 am
Mrs. Bridge and Gen. Custer: one an invented character, the other a historical figure. You know their names, you can see their faces, even hear their voices as they move across the landscapes in your mind. One in a dining room, in a house in a Kansas City neighborhood, the other riding across the rolling plains of Montana. Mrs. India Bridge and Gen. Custer are some of the most memorable creations of Evan S. Connell, who died this week at the age of 88.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:55 pm
When NBC News' David Gregory displayed what he said was a high-capacity ammunition magazine on Meet the Presslast month, it prompted Washington, D.C., law enforcement officials to investigate whether he had broken a city law.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:08 pm
Heard hilariously tackling America's true pastime every Wednesday on NPR's Talk of the Nation, program host Neal Conan and ad hoc "Political Junkie" Ken Rudin are breaking out of the studio for a live, pre-inauguration event.
A map depicts temperature changes over the past 20 years, compared to the average between 1901 and 1960. "The period from 2001 to 2011 was warmer than any previous decade in every region," according to the National Climate Assessment.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:57 pm
Temperatures will continue to rise in America, "with the next few decades projected to see another 2 degrees [Fahrenheit] to 4 degrees [Fahrenheit] of warming in most areas," according to the latest National Climate Assessment, which came out Friday afternoon.
On today's show: Three short stories about the stuff we buy — books, toys and clothes.
1. Are E-Books Actually Destroying Traditional Publishing? Conventional wisdom says e-books are destroying the traditional publishing business model. People pay less for e-books and that drives down price. When you talk to publishers though, you realize the story's not that simple.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:32 pm
Now deep into the winter lulls of January, last year's holiday festivities and vacation travels feel like a long-distant memory. And while we've retired our decorations for another year, we turned up a couple festive items left to brighten post-holiday spirits.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 3:14 pm
Singer and actor Eric Benét charges his old-school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and NAACP Image Award nominations. He also has a busy acting career in film and television, and starred in the 2011 feature film Trinity Goodheart.
Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:26 pm
In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was broadcast live at XM Satellite Radio, WBGO-FM and online — with a live video stream — at this page on NPR Music.
Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:19 pm
David Bowie released a new single this week. The song may be new, but it sounds old. It sounds familiar. Like a David Bowie song. It sounds new and familiar at the same time. This is what makes it so good, I think. (It also has the wonderful lyric: "The moment we know we know we know.")
This got me thinking about the fact that music has a history. This is puzzling. Why should music have a history?