The Two-Way
5:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Jack Vance wrote more than 60 books.
David M. Alexander

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

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Book Reviews
5:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Coming Of Age Amid Upheaval In 'We Need New Names'

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Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:38 pm

In 2011, NoViolet Bulawayo was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story "Hitting Budapest." In this raw, fierce tale of a gang of near-feral children on the hunt for guavas, the young writer delivered one of the most powerful works of fiction to come out of Zimbabwe in recent years — a clear-eyed indictment of a government whose policies, in the decades since independence, have left many of its citizens destitute.

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Books
5:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Moments Of Truth: 6 Memoirs Written With Heart

Andrew Bannecker

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:38 pm

Summer vacations are where we do some of our most serious thinking — whether we're sitting by the ocean, cradled in a hammock, or strolling alongside a river. And yet, when it comes to summer reading, we can be quick to grab the latest flashy espionage novel or an earthy romance slathered in buttery prose. Not that there isn't a time and place for brain popcorn, but lately, I find that I want my summer reading material to match my buzzing mind. And for that kind of constant engagement, I turn to memoir.

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Animals
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Scientists Say Species Is Earliest Known Bird

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

You know what they say about the early bird? Well, a new species is vying for that title. Scientists have long-regarded an ancient creature, known as the Archaeopteryx, as the earliest bird known to science. But a discovery made in China could change that, according to a study published in Nature magazine. Scientists have found evidence of a feathered, chicken-sized species that's 10 million years older. It's called Aurornis xui, and it lived about 160 million years ago.

Animals
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Ga. Center Takes Pets When Families Have To Evacuate

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:19 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Even as parts of the U.S. are being devastated by tornadoes, hurricane season it just beginning - officially this Saturday. One of the toughest decisions for people when a storm is approaching is whether to evacuate. Pets add to that dilemma, since most shelters don't accept animals. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Adam Ragusea tells us about a new evacuation center that's trying to change that.

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Asia
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Examining China's Investment Record In U.S. Companies

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:19 am

How many Chinese companies have already bought U.S. businesses? David Greene talks to Dexter Roberts, Beijing bureau chief for Bloomberg Businessweek, about Chinese investment in the U.S.

Business
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:18 am

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NPR's business news starts with a Texas smartphone.

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Business
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Investors Approve Empire State Building IPO

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you've ever wanted to own a piece of the Empire State Building, I guess now is your chance. The building's investors have approved a plan to turn the iconic New York high-rise into a publicly-traded company. This could mark the end of a bitter struggle over the buildings future.

Here's NPR's Dan Bobkoff.

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Politics
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Obama Expected To Select Next FBI Director

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:18 am

President Obama is expected to name former Justice Department official James Comey as the next director of the FBI, sources tell NPR. Comey is a Republican who has a reputation for bipartisanship and even-handedness.

Politics
4:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Select Senators Stall Budget Process

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 6:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. The nomination we just heard about involves reaching across the aisle. That's not something we hear much about. When it comes to the federal budget, if it feels like we haven't heard about the budget in a while, there's a reason for that. The process is stalled. Back in March, the House and Senate passed vastly different spending plans. In theory, the next step would be a conference committee to hash out the differences, but a handful of senators are blocking that from happening.

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