Neda Ulaby http://www.kunc.org en Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss http://www.kunc.org/post/lois-lowry-says-giver-was-inspired-her-fathers-memory-loss Just for a second, imagine a world without war, conflict or grief. Refreshing, right? But it's also a world without memory, at least in the premise of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel <em>The Giver</em>. The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/14/340167662/the-giver-strikes-old-and-ominous-notes-about-the-dark-side-of-serenity">movie adaptation</a> opened this week and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.<p><em>The Giver</em> swept up nearly every prestigious prize for young adult literature, including the Newbery Medal and the William Allen White Award. It's assigned reading in thousands of schools. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 59585 at http://www.kunc.org Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla? http://www.kunc.org/post/what-are-those-parabens-doing-my-tortilla When I invited people over for brunch not long ago, the last thing I expected was a wander into the murky world of food preservatives. It started off so simply — with enchiladas, in fact. Enchiladas are my go-to brunch dish, mostly because a little store near me stocks incredible tortillas from a local factory in Maryland called <a href="http://moctecmexicanproducts.com/">Moctec</a>.<p>The tortillas are made only from corn, salt and lime, the same way they've been made for hundreds of years.<strong> </strong>They are pliant and delicate, yet still a good chew. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:28:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 59400 at http://www.kunc.org What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla? 'Boondocks' Creator Asks, 'What Would Black Jesus Do?' http://www.kunc.org/post/boondocks-creator-asks-what-would-black-jesus-do <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMzJ-TDuNvc</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 59378 at http://www.kunc.org 'Boondocks' Creator Asks, 'What Would Black Jesus Do?' Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York http://www.kunc.org/post/mystery-writer-evokes-sights-sound-and-grime-1970s-new-york Crime fiction writer Lawrence Block lives in New York's West Village, in a stately art deco building overlooking Abingdon Square. He bought an apartment there decades before actress Jennifer Aniston did. (She sold hers shortly thereafter.) Block is 76, silver-haired and keen-eyed; and in his pastel shirt and khakis, he looks decidedly more Hamptons than downtown.<p>Sitting on a park bench in Abingdon Square, Block points out a building on the corner that used to be a nursing<strong> </strong>home. Before gentrification, ambulances constantly rushed its inhabitants to St. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 59355 at http://www.kunc.org Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures http://www.kunc.org/post/silent-film-fans-make-some-noise-help-id-forgotten-treasures Deep in the archives of the Library of Congress' Culpeper, Va., film preservation center lie thousands of movies in cool, climate-controlled vaults. Hundreds are a century old or older, and unidentified. Their titles have been lost over the years and the library knows little about them, so it started inviting fans of early film to a yearly event called <a href="http://www.culpepertheatre.org/mostly-lost/" target="_blank">Mostly Lost</a> to help figure out what they are.<p>And you know what? Those fans are <em>rowdy</em>.<p>"It's Alaska! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:44:46 +0000 Neda Ulaby 59093 at http://www.kunc.org Silent Film Fans Make Some Noise To Help ID Forgotten Treasures