Lynn Neary http://kgou.org en 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://kgou.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:58:21 +0000 Lynn Neary 27201 at http://kgou.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point http://kgou.org/post/printing-wikipedia-would-take-1-million-pages-thats-sort-point A German-based group called PediaPress is trying to raise enough money to make a print copy of all of Wikipedia. That's right, Wikipedia, the ever-evolving, always-changing, inherently digital encyclopedia of information gathered by contributors all over the world. To say this would be a massive project is an understatement.<p>One thousand volumes, 1,200 pages each — more than one million pages in all — about 80 meters of shelf space. That's what it would take to make a printed version of Wikipedia. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 26220 at http://kgou.org Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner http://kgou.org/post/sous-chef-reveals-high-adrenaline-dance-behind-your-dinner A restaurant kitchen at the peak of the dinner rush can be a crazy place — hot, crowded and filled with a kind of intense energy that some people, like Michael Gibney, thrive on. Gibney's been working in restaurants since he was young. In his new book, <em>Sous Chef,</em> Gibney tries to capture the rhythm of the kitchen by taking his readers through one day in the life of a fast-paced New York restaurant.<p>Writing is a new affair for Gibney, but cooking is his first love. He got his start in the restaurant business as a kid, washing dishes. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25927 at http://kgou.org 'Sous Chef' Reveals The High-Adrenaline Dance Behind Your Dinner Common Core Creates Opportunities For Publishers http://kgou.org/post/common-core-creates-opportunities-publishers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne with an opportunity for publishers. Some 45 states and the District of Columbia have now signed onto the new Common Core education standards. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25474 at http://kgou.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries http://kgou.org/post/pew-study-many-technophiles-also-love-libraries You might think that in a world of Google and Wikipedia, people who love technology wouldn't care much about the musty old local public library. But, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/13/library-engagement-typology/">a new report by the Pew Research Internet Project</a>, you'd be wrong.<p>Pew has been studying the changing role of libraries in America in the digital age. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 25143 at http://kgou.org Pew Study: Many Technophiles Also Love Libraries When It Comes To Women's Writing, How Do Publications Stack Up? http://kgou.org/post/when-it-comes-womens-writing-how-do-publications-stack If it seems like male authors get more attention, there are hard numbers to back that up: <a href="http://www.vidaweb.org/category/the-count/">The VIDA count.</a><p>VIDA is a women's literary organization, and the "count" is the result of eight months spent tracking gender disparity in leading publications. VIDA tallies the gender of authors whose books are being reviewed as well as the gender of those doing the reviewing.<p>The VIDA numbers have changed very little over the last four years. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 24052 at http://kgou.org When It Comes To Women's Writing, How Do Publications Stack Up? What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night? http://kgou.org/post/what-wakes-bj-novak-middle-night Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.<p>And now he's put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 22288 at http://kgou.org The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out http://kgou.org/post/annual-awards-childrens-books-are-out Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the Grammy Awards are behind us. The Oscars are around the corner. And now, we have another award that also gets a lot of attention this time of year, from people who love kids' books.<p>The American Library Association has announced this year's Caldecott and Newbery Award winners. NPR's Lynn Neary reports.<p>LYNN NEARY, BYLINE: Kate DiCamillo should be used to accolades by now. She was nominated last year for a National Book Award, and the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 22042 at http://kgou.org College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable' http://kgou.org/post/college-costs-are-daunting-even-comfortable President Obama thinks more poor kids who are good students should be enrolled in the country's best colleges and universities. Too often, he says, kids from lower income families don't even apply to the best schools, where they might have a good chance of getting financial aid.<p>This week, he gathered the heads of 100 colleges and universities to a meeting at the White House to discuss how to change this situation for the better. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 21436 at http://kgou.org College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable' In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings' http://kgou.org/post/age-slavery-two-women-fight-their-wings Sue Monk Kidd's new novel is a story told by two women whose lives are wrapped together — beginning, against their wills, when they're young girls. One is a slave; the other, her reluctant owner. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 20763 at http://kgou.org In An Age Of Slavery, Two Women Fight For Their 'Wings'