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'Reaped' Is A Reminder That No One Is Promised Tomorrow

In Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward recalls the deaths of five young men in her life, which she believes were all connected to being poor and black in the rural South. "It made me feel that I wasn't promised some long life. ... That's not a given for me."
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Miss Piggy, Bert And Ernie To Join Smithsonian Collection

Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.

This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests

In a secret location, revealed minutes before the event, thousands came all dressed in white. They brought white tables and chairs, elegant china, wine and food, and they set up in a park in New York City. These elegant pop-up "white garb" dinners, called Diner en Blanc, are happening all over the world.

Stephen King On Getting Scared: 'Nothing Like Your First Time'

Was King's 1977 The Shining your first fictional scare? Now, after nearly 40 years, King has followed up his horror tale of a little boy and a haunted hotel with a sequel called Doctor Sleep. "I wanted to revisit Danny and see what he was like as a grown-up," King says.

Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He's developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.

With Controlled, Clinical Prose Lahiri Explores Love And Sacrifice

It's been a good summer for author Jhumpa Lahiri. Her new novel, The Lowland, has been nominated for two major literary prizes. But reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that while the book is elegantly structured, she wished for more humanity from the characters.

Ghanaian Poet Kofi Awoonor Among Those Slain In Nairobi Attack

In a distinguished career that spanned politics, diplomacy and teaching, Kofi Awoonor is best known as one of Africa's most accomplished poets. The 78-year-old Ghanaian was killed in Saturday's attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sandwich Monday: The Woody Allen

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the "Woody Allen," made famous by the Carnegie Deli in New York City. It's got pastrami, corned beef, and a whole lot of baggage.

'12 Years' Star Alfre Woodard: 'You're Never Too Young For The Truth'

Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in 'Steel Magnolias,' but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She's also generating buzz for the upcoming film '12 Years a Slave.' Woodard takes us behind the scenes of that film, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.

Political Violence, Uneasy Silence Echo In Lahiri's 'Lowland'

India's politics and history play a central role in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. In the Booker Prize-nominated novel, an Indian radical is killed, and his wife and brother start over in America. Lahiri tells NPR's Lynn Neary that the story is inspired by true events, but very unlike her own life.