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NPR Story
12:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

America's 'Great Divergence' Is Relatively New

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 11:05 am

Thirty years ago, CEOs of America's largest businesses earned an estimated 42 times as much as their average employee. These days, that number has jumped to more than 200 times as much, by many counts. Since the economic crisis of 2008, there has been much more focus on income inequality, not just from economists and social scientists, but also from politicians and from protesters who occupied Wall Street.

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Theater
12:56 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

'Best Man' John Larroquette Takes Broadway

Sen. Joseph Cantwell, played by Eric McCormack (left), is an ambitious striver who throws mud at his rival, Secretary William Russell, played by John Larroquette, who debates whether to use some dirt of his own in The Best Man.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 9:38 am

Perhaps most recognizable for his role as despicable but lovable lawyer Dan Fielding on Night Court, John Larroquette has recently taken to the stage. He earned a Tony Award for his role in the 2011 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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NPR Bestseller List
12:32 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 26, 2012

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

With A Tweet, A's Player Unleashes Debate: Is 'Kiss Cam' Homophobic?

The video board at Busch Stadium is seen during a popular between-inning feature known as "Kiss Cam."
Jeff Roberson AP

Yesterday, in the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Gwen Knapp hailed a tweet from an Oakland Athletics' player as the dawn of the "age of enlightenment."

In short, pitcher Brandon McCarthy sent out a tweet that suggested the "Kiss Cam" — a feature shown on scoreboards across the country in which a camera focuses on couples in hopes of a kiss — was anti-gay.

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Movie Reviews
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.

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