Arts & Life

3:04pm

Mon April 23, 2012
The Salt

The California Taco Trail: 'How Mexican Food Conquered America'

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 5:23 am

Cielito Lindo's famous taquitos are made fresh to order at the well-known taco stand in downtown Los Angeles.
Carolina Miranda NPR

For 50 years, the taco has been a staple of American life. It's in school lunches and Michelin-star restaurants. It even helped launch the food truck craze. So how did the taco come to loom so large in American bellies?

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1:36am

Mon April 23, 2012
The Salt

How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:36 am

A clampdown on contamination in growing fields has pushed out wildlife and destroyed habitats.
Adam Cole NPR

We'd probably like to think that clean, safe food goes hand in hand with pristine nature, with lots of wildlife and clean water. But in the part of California that grows a lot of the country's lettuce and spinach, these two goals have come into conflict.

Environmental advocates say a single-minded focus on food safety has forced growers of salad greens to strip vegetation from around their fields, harming wildlife and polluting streams and rivers.

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1:23am

Mon April 23, 2012
Author Interviews

Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within'

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 9:30 am

After suffering from injuries from the beating and struggling publicly with alcoholism, today Rodney King is contented, sober and engaged — to Cynthia Kelley, who served on the jury of King's civil trial against the city.
Morgan St. John

With a helicopter buzzing overhead, the videotape of Rodney King's encounter with police is so famous, you could say he was beaten into American history: The image of him writhing in pain as several Los Angeles police officers repeatedly beat, kicked and tasered him is, by now, world-famous — and synonymous with abuse of power.

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1:22am

Mon April 23, 2012
Author Interviews

The Artistry Of 'Children's Picturebooks' Revealed

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:15 am

Children's books seem simple, but good ones are deceptively complicated to write and illustrate.

"Traditionally illustrated books are books where the text makes sense on its own. It doesn't necessarily need words," writer Martin Salisbury tells NPR's Renee Montagne, whereas with picture books, neither the text nor the images stand separately — they need each other.

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3:04pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Books

Three-Minute Fiction

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 8:23 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

She closed the book, placed it on the table and finally decided to walk through the door. That's the starting sentence for Round 8 of Three-Minute Fiction. That's our contest where we ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes. Our readers from across the country are combing through all of our 6,000 submissions this round. Let's hear a sample of their favorites so far.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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