Wed April 20, 2011
NPR Story

Malcolm X's Daughter Addresses Controversial Claims in New Bio on Father

A controversial new biography about Malcolm X makes some provocative assertions about the late civil rights leader's sexuality and the circumstances surrounding his death. Earlier this month, host Michel Martin spoke to one of the lead researchers of the book. Today, Martin gets another perspective from Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's third daughter. They discuss her reflections on her father's life and the allegations in the new biography about him.


Wed April 20, 2011
Movie Reviews

The Past, Always Present In The Atacama Dark

Perhaps the most famous line in late-20th-century literature comes from Milan Kundera. "The struggle of man against power," he wrote, "is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

One man who has never stopped struggling is Patricio Guzman, the Chilean filmmaker who was imprisoned during the U.S.-backed coup that toppled Chile's elected president, Salvador Allende, and installed a military dictatorship that lasted the next 17 years. Guzman's documentaries have done as much as anything to keep alive the world's memory of what happened to his country that Sept. 11, 1973.

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Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Outburst? Aggressive Reporter? See Complete Interview And Decide

Since Politico labeled it "the outburst heard 'round the world" and Matt Drudge declared that for the "first time" a reporter had been "aggressive with Obama," we've been wondering just what did happen when Brad Watson of WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth sat down with the president on Monday.

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Wed April 20, 2011
Movie Interviews

Herzog Enters 'The Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

Originally published on Thu April 21, 2011 11:27 am

Herzog was only permitted to enter the caves for one week of filming.
Mark Valesella IFC Films

In 1994, three French cave explorers discovered hundreds of prehistoric paintings and engravings on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in southern France.

Carbon dating has since shown that the depictions of rhinoceroses, lions, cave bears, horses, bison, mammoths and other animals are between 30,000 and 32,000 years old.

That doesn't mean the ancient drawings are any less sophisticated than what artists create today, says filmmaker Werner Herzog.

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Wed April 20, 2011

Babies' Developing Brains Fed By Placenta, Not Mom

Researchers have found evidence that the placenta plays an important role in fetal brain development during the early stages of pregnancy.

Experiments in mice show that during a key period, the placenta becomes a source of the chemical serotonin, which helps determine the wiring of key circuits in the brain.

The finding, published in the journal Nature, could help explain what leads to brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. And it shows that the placenta does a lot more than simply transport nutrients from a mother to her unborn baby.

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Wed April 20, 2011

The Root: The Far-Reaching Teachings Of Russlynn Ali

Cynthia Gordy is the Washington reporter for The Root.

President Barack Obama has frequently called education the most important civil rights issue of our generation. "There's a reason the story of the civil rights movement was written in our schools," he said at the 2009 NAACP convention, citing Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. "It's because there is no stronger weapon against inequality and no better path to opportunity than an education that can unlock a child's God-given potential."

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Wed April 20, 2011
Krulwich Wonders…

Chewing On Carbon: The Celery Question

Once again, the subject is carbon. So far we've been celebrating carbon's ability to bond with other atoms. Today we get violent — and break those bonds.

When you eat a carrot, set fire to a piece of paper, or put a match to a lump of coal, carbon atoms are being yanked, juggled and ripped out of each other's embrace. People have gotten very good at breaking carbon bonds: that's how we light our cities, drive our cars, power our tools. But let's look at this from carbon's point of view...

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Wed April 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

This Just In: Fake News Is No Way To Sell Acai Berries

Some marketers of weight-loss products containing acai berries are also purveyors of news you shouldn't use, the Federal Trade Commission says.

The FTC has asked federal courts to put a stop to the activities of 10 different outfits that the commission alleges use "fake news websites" to tout acai berry weight-loss products.

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Wed April 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Rose 3.7 Percent In March

There was a 3.7 percent rise in sales of previously owned homes in March from February, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Still, at a 5.1 million annual rate, sales remained 6.3 percent below the level of March 2010.

And the increase from February was driven in part by investors and others who snapped up bargain-priced foreclosed homes, not by a return to the market by first-time buyers. According to NAR:

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Kevin Whitehead is the jazz critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Whitehead's articles on jazz and improvised music have appeared in such publications as Point of Departure, the Chicago Sun-Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, and the Dutch daily de Volkskrant.

He is the author of Why Jazz: A Concise Guide (2010), New Dutch Swing (1998), and (with photographer Ton Mijs) Instant Composers Pool Orchestra: You Have to See It (2011).

His essays have appeared in numerous anthologies including Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006, Discover Jazz and Traveling the Spaceways: Sun Ra, the Astro-Black and Other Solar Myths.