Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

One Pleads Guilty In Utah Immigration 'Hit List' Case

There's one guilty plea so far in the immigration "hit list" case in Utah that energized anti-immigration activists and appalled privacy and civil rights groups.

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Mon June 6, 2011
Monkey See

Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction


Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece claiming that fiction at least nominally aimed at readers under 18 — young adult or "YA" fiction, that is — is entirely too dark.

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Mon June 6, 2011
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 17: Mardi Gras Mayhem

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Al "Carnival Time" Johnson (center, singing) sits in with Antoine Batiste and the Soul Apostles on Treme. Batiste, the trombonist, is played by Wendell Pierce.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Two years running, Treme has featured a sensory-overload pageant of a Mardi Gras episode. Let's get right to this one. New Orleans native son Josh Jackson is here again to help break down the music.

Patrick Jarenwattananon: A lot of the first few scenes are scored to the sounds of marching bands. First, what's all this business with the Muses parade and their glitter shoes?

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Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

'2,500 Pennies' Guy Adds His Two Cents To The Story

He had many thoughts, and pennies, to share.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

"I didn't at any time yell. ... I didn't go on a rant. I wasn't irate."

So says Jason West, the Utah man who's at the center of a tale about 2,500 pennies and how he used them to pay a disputed $25 medical bill — and now faces a potential fine of 14,000 pennies ($140, that is).

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Mon June 6, 2011
The Picture Show

On D-Day Anniversary, Rare Color Photos

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

Rare color photos taken by Life photographer Frank Scherschel show quiet scenes in the days before and after D-Day in 1944; Scherschel did not record caption information for each individual image, but together they tell an unusually vivid story of a typically black-and-white era.
Frank Scherschel LIFE

History books tend to suggest that the world was black-and-white before 1950. Photos by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans paint a stark picture of the Depression. Famed war photographer Robert Capa almost single-handedly forged the monochrome mental imagery of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

But, although it was expensive and somewhat rare, color photography did exist at the time.

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Mon June 6, 2011
The Mix

The Mix: Ozark Mountain Music

The hosts of "Seldom Heard Music," a show on Missouri public radio station KSMU in the Ozarks, selected more than 100 mountain songs for this edition of The Mix.
Clint Spencer iStockphoto.com

KSMU's Seldom Heard Music, one of the station's longest-running programs, first aired in 1982, with host Mike Smith offering a complex mix of bluegrass, old-time and traditional Ozark music, the likes of which hadn't been heard on the Ozarks' airwaves since the 1950s. It was undeniably music that was "seldom heard" outside the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Harry Moore, another collector in the genre, joined the show in 2004.

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Mon June 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Bahrain Puts Doctors, Nurses On Trial For Trying To Overthrow Monarchy

Today, Bahrain arraigned 47 nurses and doctors in a security court. The doctors are accused of participating in the attempt to overthrow the country's monarchy, but human rights groups say they are being tried simply for treating protesters.

The AP reports that the prosecution is a sign that Bahrain's Sunni leadership is intent on quashing the Shiite-led opposition, even after ending its emergency rule last week:

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Mon June 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Sugar Ray Leonard's Fight 'In And Out Of The Ring'

Sugar Ray Leonard is considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. The first boxer to win more than $100 million in purses, Leonard won world titles in five weight divisions, received a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics and went on to become a successful motivational speaker, actor and commercial endorser.

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Mon June 6, 2011
Song Of The Day

Smith Westerns: Irresistibly Catchy

The vague but defiant proclamations in Smith Westerns' "All Die Young" exude charming naivete.
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The members of Chicago's Smith Westerns were barely out of high school when they released this year's Dye It Blonde, which has already staked its place as one of 2011's best records. It almost goes without saying that a young, sensitive indie-rock band is going to exude charming naivete, and "All Die Young" is awash in it. In fact, the first two-thirds of the song read like the diary of a lovelorn teenager: "Definitely maybe I will live to love," Cullen Omori sings, adding, "Heart and soul / Never know."

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Mon June 6, 2011
Around the Nation

What A College Major Is Really Worth

For the first time, a new report uses U.S. Census data to show links between specific college majors and long term wages. For example, it says that over a lifetime, Engineering majors can earn over $1,000,000 while Education majors earn over $240,000. The report also addresses racial breakdowns and gender divides in wages. To learn what people can draw from the data, host Michel Martin speaks with Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which released the report.