Author Karen Russell's work defies easy categorization, blending elements of fantasy, horror and realism. Russell's new short story collection ventures away from her native Florida where her earlier books were set, and takes readers to richly-drawn worlds from Italy to Minnesota. Russell joins Kojo in the studio to talk about her work.
Inside The Studio
Karen Russell reads from her new short story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove." Excerpts include the first chapter, which shares the book's title, and "The barn at the end of our turn," about dead U.S. presidents who are reincarnated into the bodies of horses.
Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference. The rigorous test is only in its fifth year, but nearly 600 people have passed it already. Industry experts say the exam is necessary because of the evolving standards in the growing American cheese business.
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