Arts & Life


Wed November 12, 2014
Author Interviews

Author Richard Ford Says 'Let Me Be Frank' About Aging And Dying

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 7:11 am

A house on the central Jersey Shore coast collapsed after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012. Richard Ford said he focused on houses in the wake of the storm in his new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, because they have an "almost iconic status." "A house is where you look out the window and see the world," he says.
Mike Groll AP

When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford was a young man, he says, he had a cynical view of aging.

"I sort of went through life thinking that when you got to be in your 60s that basically you weren't good for much," Ford tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "That's a younger man's view. I know that the AARP phones are ringing when I say that, but now I'm 70 and I don't think that anymore, OK?"

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Wed November 12, 2014
The Salt

Golden State Joe: California Makes A Play For Coffee's Future

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 1:29 pm

Jay Ruskey grows coffee next to avocados on his farm, Good Land Organics, in Goleta, Calif. The two crops are often grown together in Central America, partly because they can share fertilizer and water.
Lisa Morehouse KQED

Coffee has been grown since at least the 13th century in places such as Indonesia, Ethiopia and Central and South America. Though it's not a traditional region for growing coffee, California is playing an increasingly big role in the future of this beloved and lucrative crop.

Sammy Venegas stands on a hillside in Goleta, Calif., outside Santa Barbara, that's shrouded in fog, thick with avocado trees, passion fruit and coffee plants. With a white bucket slung around his neck like a baby carrier, he picks only the reddest coffee beans.

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Wed November 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Isabel Allende To Be Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Isabel Allende has earned laurels for her work in both Chile and the United States.
Peter Morgan AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

In less than two weeks' time, Isabel Allende will add to her storied career as a storyteller — and she'll do so as part of a group of honorees who are no less illustrious. The Chilean-American author has been selected one of 19 recipients of this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

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Tue November 11, 2014
The Salt

Regulators Ban Cod Fishing In Gulf Of Maine As Stocks Dwindle

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 12:13 pm

Fishermen Ed Stewart (left) and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf, in Portland, Maine, last November.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is shutting down cod fishing, from Provincetown, Mass., up to the Canadian border, in an effort to reverse plummeting numbers of the iconic fish in the Gulf of Maine.

Starting Thursday, no fishermen — commercial or recreational — may trawl or use certain large nets that might catch cod for the next six months. Local cod fishermen, who now face an uncertain future, say the government hasn't done enough to maintain cod populations, and they challenge NOAA's cod counts.

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Tue November 11, 2014
The Salt

A Glimmer Of Hope In The Fight Against Hunger In America

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 12:15 pm

Volunteers pass out fresh vegetables for a Thanksgiving meal at the Alameda Food Bank in Alameda, Calif., in 2009. The percentage of Americans who report struggling to afford food has remained stubbornly near recession-era highs.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For those on the front lines of fighting hunger in America, the past half-decade has been like running on empty. The Great Recession that began in 2007 left millions of families struggling with tough choices, like whether to pay for housing or dinner.

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