New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich may be an expert on Washington culture, but what does he know about Versailles? We'll ask him three questions about what it was like in the court of the Sun King.
Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman wasn't impressed by the title of Someone, but she says Alice McDermott's novel is nowhere near as generic as its name. Nothing extraordinary happens to the Irish-American protagonist, but with spare poetry and deep compassion, McDermott makes familiar territory seem new.
People of the Jewish faith are seeking atonement during Yom Kippur, but one congregation is giving the holiday a new twist. Members are using social media to tweet for forgiveness. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cantor Debbi Ballard to find out how the process works.
It's been 75 years since the U.S. instituted a federal minimum wage, but the debate is as hot as ever. Host Michel Martin speaks with Brian Parker, owner of a Detroit-area fast food restaurant, who's decided to pay his employees double the minimum wage. Also joining them is NPR's business editor Marilyn Geewax.
Sex, money, drugs, and grade fixing. A new investigation makes strong allegations against a big college football program. Host Michel Martin asks the Barbershop guys if the report surprises anyone. She speaks with culture critic Jimi Izrael, and journalists Kevin Blackistone, Ammad Omar, and Corey Dade.
Norman Rush's newest novel takes a geographic hiatus from Botswana, his usual literary location. Instead, reviewer Drew Toal says the book is instead full of irritating intellectuals, postmortem scandal, and a group of collegiate clowns who come together after the death of an old friend.
Wadjda tells the story of a 10-year-old Saudi girl determined to have a bicycle in a culture that frowns on female riding. Writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour says she wanted to put a human face on the situation of women in Saudi Arabia, where driving is not permitted.
Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
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