Arts & Life

Arts & Life
2:38 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Report: More Alabama Children Live in Poverty

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new report from a child advocacy group shows Alabama's children are making improvements in early education, fewer are being born to unwed teens, and less are dying from preventable causes. But the report also shows more are living in poverty and much remains to be done for Alabama to catch up with most other states. The Montgomery-based advocacy group VOICES for Alabama's Children issued the Kids Count Data Book with the help of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation ranks Alabama 44th among the states in child well-being.

Arts & Life
7:32 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Sunday Weather--Nice and Mild

SELMA—

SUNDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S.

SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S.

MONDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S.

TUSCALOOSA—

SUNDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S.

SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 50S.

MONDAY...PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S.

MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS. LOWS AROUND 50

MOBILE—

SUNDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S.

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Remembrances
7:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Mark Strand's Poetry Moved Easily From Common To Sublime

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:44 am

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Photography
7:07 am
Sun November 30, 2014

First Rule In iPhone Photography: Edit, Edit, Edit

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 11:44 am

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Book Reviews
4:44 am
Sun November 30, 2014

An Aging Rake, An Ingenue, And A Strapping Young Painter In 'Tristana'

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History and literature are fraught with men of insatiable appetites, who use their gifts of seduction to charm their way into many a bedroom: Casanova, Lord Byron, Don Juan, the list goes on. In Tristana, Benito Pérez Galdós' masterful 1892 novel — newly reissued by NYRB Classics in a translation by Margaret Jull Costa — we meet a man of Byronic decadence: Don Lope, an aging lover whose sexual conquests know no bounds.

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Arts & Life
12:56 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Tide wins Iron Bowl...next stop, Atlanta!

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Amari Cooper tied his own school record with 224 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes in No. 2 Alabama's 55-44 comeback victory over No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) turned to the Heisman Trophy candidate for touchdowns of 39 and 75 yards in the third quarter. Alabama had already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game against No.

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Author Interviews
3:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin
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Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."

But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.

Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin overdose in 1970. He was the one who found her body. In a new memoir, On the Road With Janis Joplin, he details the electrifying performances — and the drugs — that marked Joplin's tours.

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Movie Interviews
3:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

In 'Imitation Game,' An Outsider Takes Center Stage

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; Charles Dance plays Commander Denniston. Director Morten Tyldum says the movie is set up like a mystery — "like a puzzle you're piecing together."
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Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 5:29 pm

The new film The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing — the eccentric, socially awkward British mathematician who led the effort to break the Nazi's secret Enigma code.

In part, it's a movie about a great intellectual achievement, instrumental to winning World War II — but the film also traces the bullying Turing faced as a child, and the trials he endured as a gay man in Britain at a time when homosexuality was a crime.

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The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand Dies At 80

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand (right) with Mexican author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Ocatavio Paz, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in 1995. Strand has died of cancer at age 80.
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Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner whose verse is recognized for its wit and introspection, has died at age 80 from cancer, according to his daughter and a close family friend.

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Books
11:05 am
Sat November 29, 2014

The Mystery Of The Missing Brains

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For decades a collection of human remains sat in a basement at the University of Texas at Austin. KUT's Matt Largey tells us about the enduring mysteries that surround the collection.

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History
10:15 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Jesus Started A Chain Letter — And Other Hoaxes

Published in London around 1795, this "copy" of a letter from Jesus in heaven was the imagined correspondence between Jesus and King Abgar of Edessa.
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Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 1:26 pm

William Shakespeare wrote in the margins of his books. Noah washed up in Vienna after the flood. Jesus sent a letter back to Earth after his ascension to heaven.

Did you miss those artifacts of history?

Of course you did. They're all frauds, concocted to convince the unsuspecting — and often they did.

These frauds are part of a new exhibit, "Fakes, Lies and Forgeries," at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore.

Curator Earle Havens says the exhibit is timely — these days, the media presents us with fakes and lies all the time.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 29, 2014

12 Ways to Keep Pet Safe at Christmas

You can keep us safe this Christmas!
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Christmas decorations really add to the festive celebration of the season, but they can become hazards to the well-being of our animal companions.  So go ahead and deck the halls, but keep your pet's safety in mind.

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Author Interviews
6:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Art And Death Are Two Things At Once In 'How To Be Both'

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

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Movie Interviews
6:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Documentary Recalls The Talented, Difficult Life Of Bing Crosby

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

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Bing Crosby is the voice of Christmas still.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHITE CHRISTMAS")

BING CROSBY: (Singing) I'm dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I used to know.

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The Salt
6:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

Chicken Confidential: How This Bird Came To Rule The Cultural Roost

Free-range chickens stand in a pen at an organic-accredited poultry farm in Germany.
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Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

If you looked at Earth from far off in the solar system, would it look like it's run by humans — or chickens? There are about three times as many chickens as people on this planet. And while horses and dogs are often celebrated as humankind's partner in spreading civilization, a new book argues it's really the chicken.

Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?, tells NPR's Scott Simon about the chicken's malleability, its religious symbolism and the most disturbing thing he learned while researching his book.

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