Books http://kunc.org en 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://kunc.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:01:04 +0000 Lynn Neary 55422 at http://kunc.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco http://kunc.org/post/song-frogs-motherhood-and-murder-swampy-san-francisco In her bestseller <em>Room</em>, writer Emma Donoghue imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.<p>And in her new novel, Frog Music, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876.<p>"On the very outskirts of San Francisco, in a grimy bar, a lot of bullets came through a window and they killed one woman in the room, Jenny Bonnet, who was a professional frog catcher," she tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55149 at http://kunc.org A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco ‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny http://kunc.org/post/humor-code-explores-y-funny <p>All of us know instinctively when something’s funny. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you laugh at the jokes you do?</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Grace Hood 55056 at http://kunc.org ‘Humor Code’ Explores The ‘Y’ In Funny Craft Brewing Thrives In The Heart Of Italy’s Wine Country http://kunc.org/post/craft-brewing-thrives-heart-italy-s-wine-country <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Craft beer’s meteoric rise has happened within the last few decades. Across the world in the middle of Italy’s wine country something similar is taking place. It’s possibly the last place you’d think a craft beer movement could start.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Heffel 55009 at http://kunc.org Craft Brewing Thrives In The Heart Of Italy’s Wine Country For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio http://kunc.org/post/writer-hard-way-meant-choosing-stay-akron-ohio When it comes to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, writer and journalist David Giffels says, "I have spent my whole life watching people leave." Once known as the rubber capital of the world, Akron was a hub of tire manufacturing giants. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 54910 at http://kunc.org For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio