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Island Reads: Finding Out Ancestors Were Slave Owners

Andrea Stuart found that one of her ancestors owned some of her other relatives. She tells their unheard story in the book Sugar in the Blood. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Stuart about her family history, the moral complexity of slavery and finding roots in the past.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Turkish Festival

The annual Turkish Festival is one of the premier cultural events in Washington, D.C. The festival will take place on Freedom Plaza on Sunday, September 29th and will offer a full day of free activities that range from lively folk dancing and musical performances to arts and crafts activities for children and adults.


If You Liked That Wine, You Should've Put A Ring On It

An art student has designed a line of jewelry specifically for tasting wine and cognac. One ring perches a petite wineglass atop your finger. Another is a miniature snifter. The spirit sippers aren't available for purchase, but if you're itching to don your stemware, try an old-fashioned tastevin.

Can Paula Deen Recover (And Who Really Pays If She Doesn't)?

The celebrity chef no longer faces charges of racial discrimination, but her public image has already been battered. That's a problem not only for Deen but for hundreds of workers who make her products. Stars dogged by scandal have always lost endorsement deals; now they can take down entire companies.
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Artisphere: Andy Warhol Silver Clouds

Andy Warhol's mesmerizing Silver Clouds are floating toward the DC region for the first time and will land at Artisphere on September 12.

Book News: Slam Poet's 'OCD' Love Poem Makes Waves

Also: Katherine Boo, Robert Hass win PEN Literary Awards; gender at The New York Review of Books; John Cheever's prison visit.

In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is one of the most well-known characters in modern crime fiction, but there's another star in Sue Grafton's thrillers: the fictional city of Santa Teresa, based on Santa Barbara, Calif.

Shipping: The 'Invisible Industry' That Clothes And Feeds You

Rose George spent several weeks aboard a container ship to research Ninety Percent of Everything, her book about the shipping industry. She writes, "There are more than one hundred thousand ships at sea carrying all the solids, liquids and gases that we need to live."

Book News: Handwriting Offers Clues In Shakespeare Debate

Also: Foreign Policy's blog The Cable says there's fresh evidence the CIA kept tabs on Noam Chomsky; new books from Dave Eggers and Ron Burgundy.

The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack

Tad Pierson has made a career out of his love for cars and American music. He says there are "fewer and fewer real-deal places to go and hear the real stuff," but it's his job to find and share it — one carload of listeners at a time.