Author Interviews

Artist Goes Outside The Lines With Coloring Books For Grown-Ups

When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults, "you can imagine how quiet they were," she says. Today, both of her books have become sellout successes.

A big crowd turned out for the March of Dimes walkathon in Gainesville, Fla., in early March. But overall, the March of Dimes' March for Babies raised $3.5 million less in 2014 than it did the year before. Elizabeth Hamilton/Gainesville Sun/Landov hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.

The company behind the ubiquitous SkyMall in-flight filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. But the company's new owners say they plan to bring back the in-flight catalog. Jenni Konrad/Flickr hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Still Need A Lawn Yeti? Good News — SkyMall May Be Cleared For Relaunch

The in-flight catalog went bankrupt earlier this year. But its new owners say SkyMall catalogs might make their way back to airplane seatbacks soon.

When it comes to an employee's mental health status, what does an employer need to know, or have a right to know? iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa — or any employer — can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

When fledgling networks like Fox, UPN and the WB started wooing black viewers in the 1990s, the prime-time audience began to split. Fox's Living Single was the highest-rated show among black viewers in 1994-1995, but didn't crack the top 100 among whites. Warner Bros. Television/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Code Switch

This Isn't The First Time Network TV Discovered Black People

A recent Deadline article worried whether network TV might be becoming too brown. It missed some really important history, Code Switch's Gene Demby says.

State police officers patrol a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros in northeast Mexico in 2011. Mexico's drug and turf wars have descended on the border town of Matamoros. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

Violence has descended on the once laid back tourist town of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. From mechanics to Twitter users, residents are feeling the effects of a turf war.

Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen look for Islamic State extremists in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces were going house-to-house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

In Battered Tikrit, Iraqi Forces Claim Much — But Not All — Of City

The Iraqi military, with help from the U.S. and Iran, now holds most of Tikrit after a month of heavy fighting with the Islamic State. NPR's Alice Fordham visited and says the city is still volatile.

A vintage postcard (circa 1930-1945) shows the HoJo's at U.S. Alternate Route I in Fredericksburg, Va. Boston Public Library/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes NCPR

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.

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Beginning April 1, all sugary beverages and food of "minimal-to-no nutritional value" sold on the Navajo reservation will incur an additional 2-cent tax. April Sorrow/Flickr hide caption

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The Salt

Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Taxes On Junk Food And Soda

Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the-U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.

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