Sun June 5, 2011
NPR Story

NATO Steps Up Air Attacks In Libya's Capital

The alliance says it is targeting military compounds and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whom they accuse of taking cover among the civilian population. Some of the strikes, which are now being launched from helicopters, are striking targets very near civilian areas.


Sun June 5, 2011

The Sweet Taste Of 'Pop' Culture Nostalgia

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 7:35 pm

Scott Eklund Red Box Pictures

Do you have the Eight is Enough theme music burned into your brain? Do you fall into a Proustian reverie at the fizzy punch of Pop Rocks? Are you old enough to remember carrying a metal lunch box to school — and clobbering your friends with it?

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Sun June 5, 2011

The Hollywoodification Of Presidential Politics

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty talks to reporters in Washington, D.C., on May 25, 2011. Pawlenty is one of several politicians whose campaign ads borrow techniques from Hollywood.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Washington DC's been called "Hollywood for ugly people."

Ugly may be a matter of opinion. But there's little doubt the road to power runs through Tinseltown.

Just take a look at the ad for Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty's book, Courage to Stand. With a soaring, heart-pounding score and lightning-fast edits, it could be the trailer for a Hollywood action flick.

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Sun June 5, 2011

The 5 Most Unusual Nominees For President. Ever.

Parley Parker Christensen
Courtesy of John Sillito

If the contemporary era thinks it has cornered the market on presidential candidates who think outside the box — such as Ron Paul and Herman Cain — it should think again. American history is chock-full of one-of-a-kind politicians with White House aspirations.

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Sun June 5, 2011
All Politics are Local

Police Faced with Adapting to New Law

Today, Kentucky police officers may arrest for misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana or disorderly conduct. Beginning Wednesday, police may only cite some misdemeanors rather than arrest. Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 463 into law March 3. The bill is designed to decrease prison population, incarceration costs and recidivism. Section 46 of the bill covers arrestable offenses and makes significant changes to what misdemeanor offenses local law enforcement can and cannot arrest for.


Sun June 5, 2011

Leaders Working to Address Issue of College Readiness

Many Kentucky teenagers graduated from high school over the weekend and many of them will enroll in college. And, if statistics hold true, a majority will be unprepared. School leaders are working to combat a problem that plagues colleges in Kentucky and across the nation: Too many college freshmen are not ready for college-level courses.

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NPR commentator Bonny Wolf grew up in Minnesota and has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New Jersey and Texas. She taught journalism at Texas A&M University where she encouraged her student, Lyle Lovett, to give up music and get a real job. Wolf gives better advice about cooking and eating, and contributes her monthly food essay to NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday. She is also a contributing editor to "Kitchen Window," NPR's Web-only, weekly food column.


Sun June 5, 2011
Author Interviews

Ann Patchett Journeys To The Amazon With 'Wonder'

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:40 pm

Novelist Ann Patchett has a knack for taking her readers to completely new places. In 2002's Bel Canto, she blended terrorism and opera and now — several acclaimed books and almost a decade later — Patchett's out with a new novel about an Amazonian expedition.

State of Wonder follows medical researcher Marina Singh as she joins her former mentor in a search to discover a promising and valuable new drug in the Amazon. Patchett tells NPR's Jacki Lyden that she spent 10 days in the Amazon to get a feel for the book's setting.

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Sun June 5, 2011

Italian Cuisine Thrives Under The Sicilian Sun

Originally published on Mon June 6, 2011 10:31 am

Bordered by three seas, the island of Sicily is known for its delicious seafood. Sicilian menus often feature swordfish and tuna, two island staples.

Spaghetti and meatballs pretty much sum up the American take on southern Italian food. But the southern Italian island of Sicily is home to a cuisine that spans far beyond what we've come to know as the Italian staples.

So while visitors may be drawn to Sicily for its Greek and Roman ruins, the island is also a gastronomic destination, boasting a cuisine that is both surprisingly diverse and delicious.

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Sun June 5, 2011

A Calif. Megachurch In Troubled waters

The Crystal Cathedral has filed for bankruptcy. The Garden Grove, Calif., church has been in trouble since its founder, Robert Schuller, retired several years ago. Part of the church's problem may be that it can't decide how to move beyond Schuller's original vision to encompass a changed world.