American author Donna Leon uses the Italian city as the backdrop for her Commissario Brunetti detective stories. In Leon's Venice, the violence usually occurs at dawn. This piece, part of our Crime in the City series, originally aired August 8, 2007 on Morning Edition.
The legendary folksinger wrote hundreds of political songs, children's tunes and ballads, including "This Land Is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty" and "Pretty Boy Floyd." Many of his tracks appear on a new CD box set released by Smithsonian Folkways.
Matt McNeil's new young adult novel, "The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley," is about a fly named Ben who sets out to save his two friends, Waverly and Oliver, from a spider's poisonous venom. But the book is actually part allegory/part memoir, since McNeil's real-life children suffer from MPS III: a rare, degenerative and ultimately terminal genetic condition.
In his new memoir, David McGlynn describes how his teenage years were disrupted by violence. McGlynn was a swimmer who turned to evangelical Christianity in college. A Door in the Ocean is a compelling coming-of-age story marked by random tragedy and biblical tracts, church coffee and chlorine.
Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Paisley Rekdal. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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