Writer Gary Shteyngart recently won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. The 11-year-old award was named for British author P.G. Wodehouse and has been awarded to Brits — until this year when it was given to a self-proclaimed Russian-Jewish nebbish from New York. Shteyngart won for his third work of fiction, Super Sad True Love Story, and he will be given a pig named after the novel as a part of the prize. Shteyngart told Robert Siegel, "This is what I've been writing for all my life.
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld an Arizona law that would allow the state to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. NPR's Nina Totenberg tells Robert Siegel about the opinion.
The president is attending the G-8 summit in France Thursday, where the agenda is dominated by discussions about shoring up the new democracies in the Arab world. President Obama is asking his allies among the major industrial nations to be generous in the aid to Egypt, Tunisia and the rebels in Libya.
The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the NBA Finals, thanks to their 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout the series, the Thunder were young and athletic — the Mavs, old and ultimately successful.
Brazil's public education system handles 50 million students but, according to many, not very well. Private initiatives funded by thousands of Brazilian businesses have created a parallel education system.