Lynn Neary http://kgou.org en Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions http://kgou.org/post/writer-nadine-gordimer-captured-apartheids-contradictions South African writer Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, died Sunday at the age of 90. Gordimer merged the personal and political to create a compelling portrait of the injustice of life under apartheid.<p>She was born in 1923 to a mother whose family came to South Africa from Britain and a Jewish father who had lived under oppression in his native Lithuania. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33377 at http://kgou.org Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://kgou.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 32658 at http://kgou.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://kgou.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31843 at http://kgou.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart http://kgou.org/post/how-rhythm-carries-poem-head-heart <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31713 at http://kgou.org How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://kgou.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 31056 at http://kgou.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://kgou.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:51:42 +0000 Lynn Neary 30176 at http://kgou.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 '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