Arts & Culture

Code Switch
3:46 am
Tue June 25, 2013

As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers.
San Jose Library Flickr

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:14 am

When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect?

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NPR's Backseat Book Club
5:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Best Books For Kids Age 9-14? You Tell Us

Emily Davis for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 9:56 am

Nominations are now closed, but check back in a few weeks to see the titles that made it onto NPR's Ultimate Kids' Bookself.

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Author Interviews
3:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old.
Danny Clinch Grand Central Publishing

About 25 years ago, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter were students in a Philadelphia high school and they wanted to impress a girl. So they formed a band ... which would go on to become the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots. Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, says that for him, a musical future was preordained. As he recounts in a new memoir, Mo' Meta Blues, his father, Lee Andrews — a member of the successful 1950s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts — groomed Questlove for show business from an early age.

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Art & Design
1:30 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

'The Will To Adorn': What We Wear And What It Says About Us

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 2:57 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When you looked in the closet this morning, what did you pick out, and why? The power suit, the blouse that fits just right, the jeans and the boots? Even if you wear a uniform or overalls, we all make decisions about what we look like and why. Hair says a lot. So do accessories. But any message is also open to misinterpretation. What we hope to say doesn't always come across that way.

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The Salt
1:03 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

The menu at Zombie Burger is printed on the other side of a post-zombie-apocalypse newspaper.
NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:57 pm

It's a testament to the food at Zombie Burger that it's named the place after a species best known for eating human brains — and yet, still trusts that you'll keep your appetite.

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