Courtney Pearson has made history by becoming the first African-American homecoming queen at the University of Mississippi. Host Michel Martin speaks with the young woman about her victory, and what it says about Ole Miss 50 years after riots broke out when the school was forced to integrate.
Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.
Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. The book is presented through the stories of 12 of the Gershwin brothers' songs, including "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love" and "I Got Rhythm."
Both candidates fueled up on potatoes and meat last night as they prepared for the debate at separate Marriotts near Hofstra University. But did what they choose to eat help their performance? We asked an expert to weigh in.
While gritty TV Westerns like AMC's Hell on Wheels may be historically accurate, they often lack substance and fall victim to generic tropes. But as Eric Deggans argues, more modern Westerns like CBS' Vegas and A&E's Longmire make the West wild again with a dash of fun and style.
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