Arts & Life http://wfae.org en Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor http://wfae.org/post/out-ukraine-suitcase-packs-immigrants-story-humor <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Out+Of+Ukraine%2C+This+%27Suitcase%27+Packs+An+Immigrant%27s+Story+With+Humor&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 editor 55867 at http://wfae.org Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird http://wfae.org/post/sex-and-single-churl-another-bachelorette-finale-gets-weird After the fact that it's a blatant and ridiculous fraud, the first thing you might notice about <em>The Bachelor(ette) </em>franchise is its prim, Victorian attitudes about sex. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Linda Holmes 55853 at http://wfae.org Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns http://wfae.org/post/blue-eyed-boy-author-reveals-long-recovery-facial-burns <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+%27Blue+Eyed+Boy%2C%27+Author+Reveals+Long+Recovery+From+Facial+Burns+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQzOTgwMDEyMTcyNjI4MTAxYWQyMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. At age 26, our guest, Robert Timberg was a handsome young man in uniform. That was before a landmine in Vietnam left him so disfigured that he terrified little children on the street. Dr. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 editor 55854 at http://wfae.org 'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess http://wfae.org/post/ride-around-shining-reimagines-gatsbys-nouveau-riche-excess Most sports novels are about the aspiration to excel physically: to run faster, stretch out one's arms farther. The really cool thing about <em>Ride Around Shining</em>, a debut novel by Chris Leslie-Hynan, is that it doesn't stick to that familiar rule book. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 55855 at http://wfae.org Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile' http://wfae.org/post/poet-nikki-giovanni-change-approach-it-smile <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Poet+Nikki+Giovanni+On+Change%3A+%27Approach+It+With+A+Smile%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. As you probably know, this is our last week on the air and we decided to spend it speaking with some of our favorite guests from the past seven years. We're devoting much of today's program to parenting. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 editor 55856 at http://wfae.org Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'? http://wfae.org/post/do-you-dare-venture-through-these-tangled-woods I am not a trained reader of horror. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0000 editor 55847 at http://wfae.org Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'? East Nashville Rocks http://wfae.org/post/east-nashville-rocks How do you know you are in East Nashville? Follow the beards, a current joker might say. If you do, you'll find yourself in an area tucked in between Nashville's neat downtown and the city's eastern edge, separated from each by the twisting Cumberland River. To the west, tourists flock to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium — the "Mother Church of Country Music." The Opryland complex — the venerable stage and radio show's comfortably suburban home since 1974 — is to the east, where the city sprawls into malls, hotels and tourists attractions. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Ann Powers 55842 at http://wfae.org East Nashville Rocks Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One http://wfae.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 +0000 editor 55837 at http://wfae.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies http://wfae.org/post/book-news-louise-shivers-author-here-get-my-baby-out-jail-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Louise Shivers, who published her first book, <em>Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail</em>, at the age of 53, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/books/louise-shivers-conjurer-of-rural-south-dies-at-84.html">has died</a>. She was 84. The 1983 novella followed the wife of a North Carolina tobacco farmer who begins an affair with the "red-headed, jagged faced" hired hand Jack Ruffian. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 55830 at http://wfae.org Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA http://wfae.org/post/crime-writer-creates-hero-her-beloved-much-maligned-south-la Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.<p>But something happened to speed up her schedule.<p>"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."<p>She was two months pregnant with her much-desired first child. And she and her husband, David, were stunned. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 55817 at http://wfae.org Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA