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.
Michele Norris talks with entrepreneur Peter Thiel about his foundation's latest endeavor: a fellowship that encourages young people with big ideas to drop out of college and pursue their dreams. The "Twenty Under Twenty" fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to each of the recipients. Their projects range from technological advances to new educational ideas. Thiel suggests that higher education is over valued. And he argues that sometimes the university setting is actually an obstacle to innovation. Thiel is a co-founder of Pay Pal and an early investor in Facebook.
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 man most-wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive on the run for 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in the north of the country. There, he's said to have assumed another identity. Now, Mladic will be sent to The Hague in the Netherlands to wait for a trial.
The United States is pulling some of its embassy staff out of Yemen amid a bloody political crisis there. Yemen's longtime leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is refusing to step aside, and clashes have erupted in the capital city of Sanaa.
The U.S. is worried not only about the safety of Americans there, but also about what instability in Yemen means for counterterrorism efforts against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.
With help from national groups, the Rowan County K-9 Shelter is undergoing an extreme home makeover of sorts. The animal shelter is getting new beds, new roofing and other repairs that will benefit its inhabitants, now numbering about 30. The shelter takes in roughly five dogs a week and sees hundreds each year, said Vicki Fragasso, director of development for Petfinder.com Foundation.
FRANKFORT - Kentucky State Police report that aggressive driving, failure to use seat belts and driving while impaired are the top three dangers faced by motorists on Kentucky highways during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Accordingly, the law enforcement agency plans to intensify its traffic safety and patrol efforts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.
A former Kentucky State University student who allegedly set fire to the door of another KSU student’s dorm room has been indicted on an arson charge. Juanisha Feliciano, 19, sprayed an accelerant on the door of a female student, who hasn’t been identified, at Chandler Hall and ignited it around 5:20 a.m. April 24, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland and state police say.