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First Reads
8:20 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Exclusive First Read: Walter Mosley's 'Little Green'

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Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:36 am

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The last time we saw Walter Mosley's hardboiled hero Easy Rawlins, his car was hurtling off a cliff in the climax of 2007's Blonde Faith — a turn of events that Mosley hinted would be fatal.

But after months drifting in and out of a coma, Easy is back, and prowling the uneasy streets of 1967 Los Angeles in search of a missing teenager, Evander 'Little Green' Noon — for whom the book is named. Two years on from the Watts riots, LA is in the grip of the Summer of Love, and a lot has changed while Easy was unconscious.

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Poetry
8:19 am
Thu May 2, 2013

A Cartoon Tribute To Cats, And The Poets Who Loved Them

Francesco Marciuliano

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 3:08 pm

Tuesday marks the close of National Poetry Month, a 30-day celebration of all things versified and all people versifying. And in tangentially related news, for more than eight months, a book of cat-themed poetry — I Could Pee On This — has perched on the NPR best-seller lists. There it sits, insouciantly swishing its tail amid self-help books and memoirs, the poetry world's sole representative on the list.

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Book Reviews
8:19 am
Thu May 2, 2013

'Daily Rituals' Of The Brilliantly Creative

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:33 am

The Onion published an essay recently called "Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life."The piece was satire, but it's how many of us respond to the question Mason Currey raises in his entertaining new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. "How do you do meaningful creative work," he wonders, "while also earning a living?"

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A Blog Supreme
8:17 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.
Tim Sassoon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 11:40 am

The pianist and composer John Beasley has one of the most formidable tasks of anyone associated with today's International Jazz Day, the celebration produced by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He's music director of the centerpiece concert to be live-streamed from Istanbul tonight (2 p.m. ET in the U.S.).

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Thu May 2, 2013

'Very, Very Courageous': Rick Welts On Jason Collins

Rick Welts, the president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, recounted how Jason Collins' announcement helped him avoid a traffic ticket.
D. Ross Cameron MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 8:18 am

One of the more interesting reactions to NBA player Jason Collins' announcement took place early Monday on a road in northern California.

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It's All Politics
8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Palmetto Faceoff: Sanford, Colbert Busch In Spirited Debate

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford debate for the South Carolina 1st Congresional special election in Charleston, S.C., on Monday.
Randall Hill Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 8:27 am

Republican Mark Sanford's bid to salvage a political career and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch's effort to start one collided in a vigorous debate Monday just eight days before South Carolina voters decide whom to send to Washington.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Proponents of Community-Based Waiver Supports Call For More Funding

Despite the threat of rain, proponents of state-funded supports that allow developmentally disabled individuals to live at home – rather than in institutions or group homes – rallied at the state capitol Wednesday.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:14 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Elegance Trumps Ethics In A Scientific Scandal

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Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 3:32 pm

In a compelling New York Times piece published last Friday, writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee discusses the rise and fall of Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist who committed fraud in 55, or more, of his scientific papers.

While I have very little sympathy for Stapel, I was surprised to recognize the impulse behind his fabrication. Here's how the article explained it:

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Business
8:14 am
Thu May 2, 2013

As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 2:21 pm

Nearly all of the remaining provisions of the new health care law go into effect next January, including one that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to pay for their health care or pay a penalty.

Some businesses may already be making personnel changes to save money when that provision of the Affordable Care Act kicks in. One option on the table: shifting full-time workers to part time.

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All Tech Considered
8:12 am
Thu May 2, 2013

A Real-World Connection Between Video Games And Guns

Medal of Honor's authentic action is a selling point for its publisher, Electronic Arts.
Courtesy of Electronic Arts

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:43 pm

In the aftermath of last year's Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the Entertainment Software Association, which serves computer and video game publishers, issued a statement saying that years of research has shown no connection between entertainment and real-world violence.

But there's still a connection between video game makers and real-world gun makers.

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