Author Interviews

1:39pm

Sun August 11, 2013
Author Interviews

'Dressing Constitutionally': When Fashion And Laws Collide

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 8:19 am

How short is too short, according to the law? Wardrobe choices, or lack thereof, raise all sorts of issues — from First Amendment concerns to questions of equality, sexuality and control.

Ruthann Robson's new book, Dressing Constitutionally Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes, examines anecdotes throughout history demonstrating the ways fashion and laws can conflict or influence one another. Robinson talks with Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about some of those examples.

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3:20am

Sun August 11, 2013
Author Interviews

The Beauty And Calm Of 'Thinking In Numbers'

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 12:09 pm

Inga Ivanova iStockphoto.com

There are numbers all around us. They are in every word we speak or write, and in the passage of time. Everything in our world has a numeric foundation, but most of us don't see those numbers. It's different for Daniel Tammet. He's a savant with synesthesia, a condition that allows him to see beyond simple numerals — he experiences them.

Tammet drew attention around the world about a decade ago when he recited, from memory, the number pi. It took him five hours to call out 22,514 digits with no mistakes.

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5:50am

Sat August 10, 2013
Author Interviews

Contested Memories Find Common Ground In 'The Storied South'

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 5:43 am

For four decades, William Ferris tracked down some of the most inspirational artists and historians of the American South. He sat down with Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Pete Seeger, Bobby Rush and Alex Haley, capturing their reflections on tape and their images on camera.

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9:31am

Fri August 9, 2013
The Salt

Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:55 am

A Triqui Mexican picks strawberries at a farm in Washington state.
Courtesy of Seth Holmes

As the supply chain that delivers our food to us gets longer and more complicated, many consumers want to understand — and control — where their food comes from.

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3:58pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Pop Culture

Fear Of Clowns: Yes, It's Real

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:53 pm

Tim Curry as Pennywise in a 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King's It. Come on, tell us you aren't just a little creeped out.
The Kobal Collection

Warning: The following story may be upsetting to some people.

That's because it's about clowns.

Yes, clowns. Painted white faces, red lips, receding hairlines with tufts of wild hair, and — of course — the red foam nose. Fun for all ages, yet plenty of people are downright scared of them. There's even a word for it: coulrophobia, though that's not an official diagnosis.

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