Arts & Life

12:24pm

Tue January 17, 2012
The Salt

Does The Queen of Unhealthy Eating Have To Eat Her Words?

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 1:25 pm

Paula Deen tells Today show co-host Al Roker that she has Type 2 diabetes.
Peter Kramer ASSOCIATED PRESS

There were hints that all was not well in Paula Deen's Southern-fried world. Last November, when NPR correspondent Allison Aubrey asked Deen if she'd ever do healthier versions of her greasy, sugar-laden fare, Deen said: "As I age, and get older and I get 'different things' that I have to battle physically β€” it may, you know, resonate closer to home for me."

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1:39pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Three Books...

Rebel Memoirs: Three Confessions From The Edge

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These days, memoirs are often the target of contempt. A scathing slam in New York Times Book Review this year inveighed against "oversharing"; and in the New Yorker, the memoirist was likened to "a drunken guest at a wedding... motivated by an overpowering need to be the center of attention." If the narrative deals with socially unacceptable matters like abuse, addiction, family dysfunction, or even poverty, the scorn gets even thicker.

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8:03am

Sun January 15, 2012
Stories from the National Day of Listening

A Valuable Lesson: "Knowing That You Can Overcome Obstacles And Still Lead The Life You Want..."

[Audio updated 01/15/2012, 3pm] The day after Thanksgiving was StoryCorps National Day of Listening – a day when people across America took some time to interview someone special in their lives. One of those people was Deborah Wagner of Windsor, who interviewed her son Jordan.

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2:49pm

Sat January 14, 2012
Author Interviews

Alan Bennett Defies Expectations With 'Smut'

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 5:14 pm

Alan Bennett, author of The History Boys and The Madness of King George, among countless other books, plays and memoirs, is a grand old man of British letters.

"I'm getting on now, and I'm thought of in England as being rather cozy and genteel β€” certainly in the stories that I write," he tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

So Bennett decided to give his readers a little rattle with a new book of two short stories called Smut.

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10:29am

Fri January 13, 2012
Arts & Culture

Winter Pruning Helps Keep Trees Healthy, Happy

photo by Knilram Flickr/Creative Commons

Winter is a key time for pruning trees to keep them healthy. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton says it’s especially important if trees have been damaged by Mother Nature.

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