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Sun October 16, 2011
Author Interviews

Whitehead's 'Zone' Is No Average Zombie Apocalypse

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 3:20 am

Colson Whitehead is also the author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt and Sag Harbor.

Erin Patrice O'Brien Doubleday

If you ask Colson Whitehead to describe the man at the center of his new novel, Zone One, he'll tell you: "It's about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed — so it's about New Yorkers."

But character Mark Spitz isn't just any New Yorker. He's one of the only human survivors of a mysterious plague that has swept the world, turning billions of people into zombies. New York is devastated and Spitz is charged with clearing the undead from lower Manhattan.

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Sun October 16, 2011

Indy 500 Winner Dies After Massive Crash In Vegas

Cars are scattered on the track after the 15-car crash during at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Robert Laberge Getty Images

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnarled in a fiery 15-car pileup on lap 13, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2.

The 33-year-old racer was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, including in 2011.

Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup during lap 13.

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Sun October 16, 2011

Breast Cancer: When Awareness Simply Isn't Enough

Originally published on Sun October 16, 2011 6:01 pm

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers stretching as he wears pink for breast cancer awareness during their game at Bank of America Stadium in October.

Streeter Lecka Getty Images

It's October and one color dominates the landscape: pink, the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer fundraising events dominate the month, from the massive Avon walks that take place in nine U.S. cities to the international Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure. Even the White House gets bathed in pink floodlights in recognition of the campaign.

But what if your breast cancer diagnosis doesn't make you want to wear pink socks, walk for the cure or be a "warrior in pink?"

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Sun October 16, 2011

Preserving King's Legacy At His Spiritual Home

Martin Luther King Jr.'s spiritual is at the Ebnezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. King began preaching there when he was just 19. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with Reverend Raphael Warnock, current pastor of the historic church, who offers his insight into preserving King's legacy.


Sun October 16, 2011

GOP Money Gap Widens

Presidential candidates filed their latest campaign finance reports this weekend, showing a widening money gap in the Republican primary race. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry led the field.