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11:56 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Demanding 'Payback' That May Never Come

A migrant Florida tomato grower and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers drinks from a jug of water. As part of a larger discussion of societal thinking about debt, Payback looks at the sometimes harsh treatment by companies of migrant workers.
Zeitgeist Films

"Crime doesn't pay" is one of the hopeful cliches Margaret Atwood invokes in her essay collection Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.

Of course it does, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal shows in Payback, a documentary that riffs on Atwood's themes. But crime doesn't always pay, and perhaps it will pay less well in the future. At least that's the suggestion made by the on-screen commentators who expand on Atwood's original theme.

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:50 am
Thu April 26, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 26, 2012

Bossypants — Tina Fey's humorous story of success — is on the list for a 16th week.

The Salt
11:42 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Your 'Food Porn' Verdict? Keep The Photos Coming

NPR's Keith Jenkins has been known to document an especially tasty meal, like this pho tai from Pho DC.
Keith Jenkins NPR

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:25 am

Snarky comedians who mock people who share food photos on Facebook and Twitter (see this video) may be good for a chuckle, but they don't have the will of the people behind them.

That's what we've learned from our online survey this week, which asked: "Are your friends bombarding you with 'food porn'?"

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From Scratch
11:42 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Zainab Salbi, Founder Of Women For Women International

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 9:32 am

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women for Women International, an organization that provides support to women in war zones worldwide. Harris also speaks with Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, an app that orders, pays for, and tracks a car service.

Mountain Stage
11:37 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Rosi Golan On Mountain Stage

Rosi Golan.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:03 pm

Rosi Golan makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Born in Israel, Golan learned to speak French, English and Hebrew during her travels. But she didn't pick up a guitar until she was 19, after hearing a radio commercial advertising a sale at a local Guitar Center. Golan hasn't looked back, writing and singing songs for more than 10 years and cultivating her ear for dark, haunting melodies.

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
11:32 am
Thu April 26, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 26, 2012

Jenny Lawson recalls bizarre memories in Let's Pretend This Never Happened. It debuts at No. 4.

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
11:30 am
Thu April 26, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 26, 2012

Siblings are reunited with their quirky parents in The Family Fang. It debuts at No. 15.

World Cafe
11:25 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

Michael Kiwanuka's first full-length album is titled Home Again.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 9:36 am

Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star — let alone a 24-year-old. Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London.

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
11:05 am
Thu April 26, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 26, 2012

In David Baldacci's The Innocent, a hitman's mission goes awry. It debuts at No. 3.

All Songs Considered Blog
11:04 am
Thu April 26, 2012

What Is This Thing?


So I'm going through my stack of mail like I always do, not suspecting anything out of the ordinary, when I open a small envelope postmarked from somewhere in Australia and find this strange card in it.

No letter. No explanation. Just this strange card. I turned it around in my hands for a bit before handing it over to NPR Music Producer Daoud Tyler-Ameen. He went to Yale so of COURSE he figured it out in a matter of seconds.

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