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2:51 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Stumbling Upon Miniature Memorials To Nazi Victims

Brass bricks known as Stolperstein, or "stumbling stones," in front of a home in Raesfeld, Germany, where five members of a single family were forcibly removed by the Nazis. Across Germany, the stones commemorate the millions of victims of the Nazi regime.
Jeffrey Katz NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 8:59 am

Brick by brick, Guenther Demnig is working to change how the Holocaust is publicly remembered in Germany.

On a recent afternoon, the 62-year-old Berlin-born artist is on his knees on a sidewalk in a prosperous section of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, working a hammer and small trowel. He is installing dozens of small, square brass bricks, each one inscribed with the name — and details about the death of — people who once lived in apartment houses on Pestalozzi Strasse.

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The Checkout: Live
11:50 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Gilad Hekselman Quartet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Gilad Hekselman.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:41 pm

Hearts Wide Open is the name of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's latest album, released last fall. The title is about emotional connections to music, for both performers and audiences. Modern jazz tends to get a bum rap in this department, but Hearts is filled with engaging original tunes over big beats. It's the third record from Hekselman, who moved from Israel to New York in 2004 and quickly found his way into bands led by drummer Ari Hoenig and clarinetist Anat Cohen.

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The Two-Way
8:41 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Suspect In Four Seattle Killings May Have Shot Himself, Police Say

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:03 am

Seattle police say a gunman suspected of killing three people at a café and one in an apparent carjacking may have shot himself Wednesday as officers closed in on him.

As NPR's Martin Kaste is reporting for our Newscast unit:

"It's not confirmed that the man who shot himself in west Seattle is, in fact, the suspect, but right now that's certainly how things are looking, in terms of what the Seattle Police Department is saying."

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It's All Politics
8:36 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

After Cory Booker's Remarks, Press Aide Resigns

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 8:41 am

Perhaps Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker's gaffe on NBC's Meet the Press has caused collateral damage, with the resignation Tuesday of his communications director.

The aide, Ann Torres, insists her departure isn't related to the mayor's remarks, or his subsequent clumsy backpedal, saying on Twitter that such rumors are "ridiculous...come on folks."

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The Thistle and Shamrock
7:23 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Underneath The Stars

Nightnoise
Courtesy of the artist

As the days grow longer our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration and draws meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
7:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Canadian Police Issue Warrant In Severed-Foot Case

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 9:32 pm

Note: As you may have guessed from the headline, there is disturbing content in this post.

It's that kind of news day: First Mark reported the latest in Florida's face-eating attack. And now there's a significant development in a crime story that has gripped Canada.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
6:19 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Growing Up And Grasping Gone With The Wind

In mourning: Scarlett broods while Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) woos.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 5:03 pm

Jesmyn Ward's novel Salvage the Bones was the 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction.

When I was 13 I went to a small, mostly white, Episcopalian, junior high school.

Much of my free time was spent lurking in the library. I'd transferred from a more diverse public school, and as a working-class black kid, I felt out of place.

That's about the time I pulled Gone With the Wind from the library shelf.

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Books
6:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Summer Books 2012: Cool Reads For Hot Days

Harriett Russell

Summer is glorious and far too short to waste on the wrong book. Let the NPR critics you know and trust help you find the year's best fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, cookbooks and more.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

PG-13: Risky Reads
6:18 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ready For Romance: Reading Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind was published 75 years ago this month. A 1936 promotional poster for the book shows heroine Scarlett O'Hara running through the streets as Atlanta burns.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 1:14 pm

Jodi Picoult's latest novel is Between the Lines.

One of my first childhood memories is of the moment I got my own library card, so it's clear that I grew up in a family of readers. I always had a book in my hand, and as I grew into my preteen years I began to veer away from the All-Of-A-Kind Family series to more modern Judy Blume novels, whose heroines held a mirror up to my own life. You can imagine my shock, then, when one day I came home from the library with Forever by Judy Blume — and was told by my mother that I wasn't allowed to read it.

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