Author Interviews
3:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

The Land of Love And Drowning follows a family living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early 20th century.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 4:52 pm

In the new novel Land of Love and Drowning, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.

The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.

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Arts & Life
3:02 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 Jump Jet sold at the Silverstone Auctions Saturday for the equivalent of $179,611.
Courtesy of Silverstone Auction

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 4:52 pm

The Harrier Jump Jet combines the speed of a jet with the maneuverability of a helicopter.

These single-seater planes are known for vertical take-offs and landings, making them ideal for close-air support near the front-lines where runways may be damaged or non-existent.

Designed by the British and now flown by the U.S. Marine Corps, Harriers also have an accident-prone track record and are notoriously difficult to fly.

But why not have one for your private collection?

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Law
1:08 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Courtney Lockhart is appealing a death penalty sentence that a judge gave him in 2011, which overrode the jury's recommendation of life in prison.
Dave Martin AP

When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death instead. Now the convicted murderer is asking the state Supreme Court to examine Alabama's unique process of judicial override.

Alabama is an outlier. It's the only state in which judges routinely override jury decisions not to impose the death penalty.

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Books
12:29 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro (expanded interview)

In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."  Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a Cuban-American, and an adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.  She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters.  Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.  In this online-only extended interview, Joy also talks about whether it’s harder to write essays or novels, and how the difficulty in tracking down sexual predators post-Katrina found its way into her novel “Hell or High Water.”  http://joycastro.com/ 

Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola Céspedes.

Aired July 27, 2013. 

Books
12:29 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

WORDS ON A WIRE: Joy Castro

 In a rebroadcast from July 7, 2013, Ben & Daniel talk with Joy Castro, author of the novel "Hell or High Water" and the essay collection "The Island of Bones."  Joy talks about her background as a Jehovah's Witness, a Cuban-American, and an adoptee...and why her Latino heritage isn't often acknowledged in many Latino literary anthologies.  She also explains why that separation and alienation she experienced in life often finds its way into her books' characters.  Joy also talks about discovering her characters in the process of writing them.  http://joycastro.com/ Since the airing of this interview, Joy has published "Nearer You," the latest book featuring her character Nola Céspedes.

For today's Poem of the Week, Daniel Chacon reads Yusef Komunyakaa's "My Father's Love Letters."

Plus...Ben & Daniel talk about breaking free of the stereotypes of the "Latino" or "Chicano" writer, and why Chicano writers shouldn't be pressured to always write about abuelitas making tortillas.

Aired July 27, 2014.

The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 85.4 miles with start in Evry and finish in Paris, France.
Christophe Ena AP

Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.

As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.

On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Sun July 27, 2014

U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine

Image released by the U.S. State Department showing what it says is evidence of Russia firing artillery into eastern Ukraine.
U.S. State Department

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 2:48 pm

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The U.S. State Department has released satellite images it says back up the assertion by Washington and Kiev that Russian forces are firing artillery into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists.

In a four-page document titled Evidence of Russian Shelling into Ukraine, released Sunday, blast marks from rocket launches in Russia and craters in Ukraine can be seen, the State Department says.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public

A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.

In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ordered the city to allow residents to carry handguns — a milestone in a case that has been dragging on for five years.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 1:54 pm

Now that Weird Al week is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: Mandatory Fun.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern

Filipino Clemente Sentino Jr (L), 45 and Dailin Cabigayan (R), 27 holds their 6 lbs newborn baby girl marking the "100 million population of the Philippines."
Ritchie B. Tongo EPA/Landov

The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.

Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. The 6-pound Chonalyn arrived shortly after midnight Manila time.

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