4:52am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Navajo Nation Names Its First Poet Laureate

Luci Tapahonso is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Radiant Curve and Blue Horses Rush In.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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1:49am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Salt

Chef Edward Lee Adds Korean Spice To Southern Comfort Food

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:14 am

Edward Lee's first cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories From a New Southern Kitchen, features Korean-southern comfort food.
Courtesy of Artisan Books

Korean and Southern food may not seem like a natural pair. But now it's one more example of traditions emulsifying in the great American melting pot. Korean-American chef Edward Lee makes that case with his new cookbook Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories From a New Southern Kitchen.

Fusion cooking comes naturally to Lee: He grew up in an immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn surrounded by Jamaicans, Indians, Iranians and Jews.

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1:24am

Fri May 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Lobbying Is Now Increasingly In The Shadows

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:14 am

The lobbying industry in Washington is becoming more secretive.
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While ideological gridlock continues to immobilize Capitol Hill, another of Washington's institutions is morphing behind the scenes.

The lobbying industry is becoming more secretive — reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.

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1:23am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Record

The Beyonce Experiment: How Far Can She Go?

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 3:08 pm

Beyonce in her most recent Pepsi ad, which premiered her song "Grown Woman."
Courtesy of Pepsi Co.

1:23am

Fri May 3, 2013
StoryCorps

After Years Of Hiding, 'Walking In Love' As Transgender

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:37 am

Alexis Martinez (left) worried that coming out to daughter Lesley as transgender would mean giving up any relationship with her grandchildren. But she needn't have worried.
StoryCorps

Growing up in a rough housing project on Chicago's South Side during the early 1960s, Alexis Martinez had to hide that she was transgender.

Back then, her name was Arthur, Alexis tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Chicago.

"When I came out to my mom that I was transgender, I think I was 13 or 14," Alexis says. "And she called the police. And I always remember that when the police showed up, they just laughed and told her, 'You've got a fag for a son, and there's nothing we can do about it.' "

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1:22am

Fri May 3, 2013
Your Money

John Bogle's Latest Advice: A 'Gatekeeper' For Your Nest Egg

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:14 am

John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center, says the government should set standards to protect Americans' retirement savings.
Mark Lennihan AP

Mutual funds, which have topped $13 trillion, are the way many Americans interact with the financial markets. You may have come across mutual funds when you set up an individual retirement account or a company-sponsored retirement account like a 401(k).

A "basket" of stocks, bonds or both, mutual funds are seen as safer to own than individual stocks. Having many in one basket spreads the risk, especially over time. But high fees, lack of diversification, or a focus on short-term gains can put your nest egg at risk.

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5:05pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Adds First Woman To Its Most Wanted Terrorists List

Joanne Deborah Chesimard.
FBI

The FBI added Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State Trooper, to its "Most Wanted Terrorist List." Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from prison, is the first woman added to the list.

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4:39pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Veteran British Broadcaster Admits To Sexual Abuse Of Girls

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:01 pm

In February, former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall vowed to fight the allegations against him. On Thursday, he admitted to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls.
Jon Super AP

The late Jimmy Savile is not the only U.K. TV personality whose name has emerged in a sexual abuse investigation. A wide-ranging British inquiry has revealed many other household names who are suspected of committing sexual offenses decades ago.

The latest name: BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, who on Thursday admitted to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls.

The BBC reports:

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Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career, "hired to write for every small paper in Washington, D.C., just as it was about to fold," saw that jink broken in 1984, when he came to NPR.

For more than a quarter-century, Mondello has reviewed movies and covered the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays annually, then sharing critiques and commentaries about the most intriguing on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. In 2005, he conceived and co-produced NPR's eight-part series "American Stages," exploring the history, reach, and accomplishments of the regional theater movement.

3:41pm

Thu May 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Ayotte Becoming Gun Control Lightning Rod

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:37 pm

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has drawn the focus of gun control proponents for voting against a bid to expand criminal background checks for gun buyers.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Of the senators who have become lightning rods for voting against expanded criminal background checks for gun buyers, New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte is drawing the most bolts.

Video of Ayotte being questioned by the daughter of the principal killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., has gone viral.

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