January 29, 2010 He lived on the other side of the world from Brangelina and Octomom. In a culture where people dream of fame for the sake of fame alone, the reclusive novelist, who died this week at 91, was the anti-celebrity.
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Who's Your Daddy? Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic) redefines paternal protection as her father (Mel Gibson) seeks justice for her murder in Edge of Darkness.
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January 29, 2010 In three newish films — Edge of Darkness, Creation, and The Lovely Bones — three desperate fathers are haunted by their dead daughters. That made critic Bob Mondello wonder: What in the world is that about?
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January 29, 2010 Storyteller Bill Haley reflects on the old adage encouraging children not to waste food. While the phrase is familiar, it struck a new chord as he overheard a parent explain, "Kids are starving in Haiti."
January 29, 2010 Author Curtis Sittenfeld's novel Prep drew heated criticism and acclaim for its similarities to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. In light of Salinger's death, Sittenfeld is realizing that despite the awkward comparisons, sometimes the best thing to do is accept the sentiment.
January 29, 2010 At 15, author Jessica Shattuck found a sense of kinship with J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye character and his fascination with the fate of the ducks on the Central Park lagoon. Sometimes questions about life are really questions about death.
January 29, 2010 In this week's installment of the Barbershop, host Michel Martin joins regulars Jimi Izrael, Arsalan Iftikhar, Gustavo Arrellano and Ken Rudin talks to discuss MSNBC host Chris Matthew's knee-jerk response to President Obama's recent State of the Union address. Also, the men hold their applause for NBC comedian Jay Leno's recent appearance on Oprah.
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January 29, 2010 For having to address both the congress and public all at once, President Obama did a remarkable job. But now that he's affirmed that health care reform will not come off the agenda, he must follow through.
January 29, 2010 The Obama Administration has selected 58 judges to review applications for Race to the Top funds. There are real concerns, however, about who the judges might be. Restrictions may have made it difficult to attract the best and the brightest.
January 29, 2010 In the murder trial for Scott Roeder, confessed killer of abortion provider George Tiller, is built upon a parallel between victim and killer. The comparison of these two men guided by their profoundly held views could change public view of the case.
January 29, 2010 For an unusually long State of the Union, national security and foreign policy were mentioned rarely and often masked with oblique language. In a crucial year for foreign policy, are the issues taking the side lines?
NPR correspondent Jason Beaubien reports from an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.
January 29, 2010 NPR's Jason Beaubien has been covering the aftermath of the massive earthquake that decimated Haiti on Jan. 12. He says corpses are so common both on the street and oozing out of the wreckage, that it's the living who haunt him. For the country to be reborn, and to avoid becoming a wasteland kept alive on international aid, he says the living need to heal — and dream of a new future.
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January 28, 2010 If you really want to hear about it, author Susan Jane Gilman recounts her first memory of being introduced to J.D. Salinger: in her bed with SpaghettiOs and ginger ale, soaking in a short story read by her mother. But you probably have better things to do.
January 28, 2010 the U.S. Senate expects to vote on whether to approve Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. President Barack Obama strongly backs the Bush appointee, the architect of the Fed's dramatic trillion-dollar expansion in the wake of the financial crisis.
January 28, 2010 It might seem strange that the best solution to Haiti's woes lies outside its borders, but migration and remittances have been responsible for almost all of the poverty reduction that has happened in the island country over the past few decades.
January 28, 2010 J.D. Salinger may have left the public arena after achieving literary fame, but his influence is palpable in all walks of life: From books to television, his legacy is alive. Even his years of an "almost perfect" public silence are an inspiration, says Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm.
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