Arts & Life

Arts & Life
4:16 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Losses From Sandy Could Reach $50 Billion

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Homeowners, businesses, and insurance companies are still assessing the damage from the storm in much of the eastern U.S. But some early estimates are in.

And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, Hurricane Sandy inflicted heavy economic damage.

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Arts & Life
4:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

As Sandy's Snow Buries W.Va. Town, 'Everybody Just Pitches In'

From left, Dale McKey, Karin McKey and George Secrist return home from an outing into the snow on Tuesday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:09 pm

It's not easy to get around the back roads of West Virginia right now. Our four-wheel drive couldn't make it up the hill to David Arnold's place near Fayetteville, so he came down to get us in his Chevy Tahoe.

We spin through the snow, through archways made of broken tree branches. The drive is worth the effort; Arnold runs a whitewater rafting business, and he lives right on the edge of the New River gorge.

From his back porch, we can look 900 feet down to the river or 3,000 feet straight across, through falling snow to the other side. It's just gorgeous.

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Arts & Life
4:07 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Paid In America: The Road To The Middle

Sarah Bidgood is managing editor of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. She says her parents helped her start adult life with no debt, giving her a leg up.
Art Silverman NPR

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 10:07 pm

As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, taxes, dependency and the role of government.

And while it may be uncomfortable to admit, some Americans are simply more financially successful than others. But why do some achieve wealth, while others struggle? Why does one woman make it to the executive suite, while another man drives a taxi? And what do we think explains our prosperity — or lack thereof?

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Arts & Life
3:35 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD.
Ken Weiss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:00 am

This review was originally broadcast on Sept. 26, 2012.

Jazz multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers, who died at 88 in December 2011, recorded with many trios in the 1970s. But his most celebrated trio was barely recorded at all. In 2007, it played a reunion concert — its first in 26 years.

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Arts & Life
3:29 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The Force Is Strong With This One: Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4B

In this handout image provided by Disney, Star Wars creator George Lucas has a playful lightsaber duel with Jedi Mickey Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Aug. 14, 2010. Disney announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:36 am

Fanboys and -girls, get ready to celebrate – or be disappointed: Disney announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4 billion, and continue the Star Wars franchise with the first of new series of films in 2015.

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Arts & Life
12:20 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy Brings Blizzard Conditions To W.Va.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. As superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast with rain and wind, she also brought blizzard conditions to much of West Virginia. Earl Ray Tomblin is the governor of West Virginia, and he joins us on the line to talk about his state.

Good morning.

GOVERNOR EARL RAY TOMBLIN: Good morning, Renee.

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Arts & Life
8:03 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Students Encouraged to Sit with Someone Different

School children in Alabama and across the country are encouraged to branch out from their normal group of friends and sit with somebody different at lunch.


The Southern Poverty Law Center's teaching tolerance project is sponsoring Mix It Up at Lunch Day Tuesday to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and sit with someone with whom they wouldn't normally socialize.

At least 90 schools in Alabama are participating in the program.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Becky Collier's assistant brings out a bald eagle for schoolkids to see. It's part of the Raptor Trek presentation at the West Alabama Birding Trail Launch September 21.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.


The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.


“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"


“HELLO!”


“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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Superstorm Sandy
4:31 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Ala. Red Cross Sends Vehicles Into Storm's Path

American Red Cross officials in Alabama say they are sending emergency response vehicles to help with Hurricane Sandy.
Credit Gary Brownell / Flickr

American Red Cross officials say the agency's Alabama region has sent five emergency response vehicles to help with mobile feeding and bulk distribution of relief supplies due to Hurricane Sandy.


The Red Cross said in a statement that three more ERVs were scheduled to leave Monday or Tuesday for areas in the path of the storm. So far, 16 volunteers from Alabama have been deployed to assist with Hurricane Sandy response efforts, with more on standby.

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Books
1:13 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

They Came To Nashville

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“They Came to Nashville”

Author: Marshall Chapman, with a Foreword by Peter Guralnik

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

Pages: 282 Price: $25.00 (Cloth)

Marshall Chapman, Nashville singer-songwriter, is now the author of about 400 songs and has cut 12 albums at last count.

Her songs have been recorded by musicians ranging from Conway Twitty to EmmyLou Harris to Jimmy Buffett.

She was an unlikely country star. Far from being a coal miner’s daughter, Chapman was a mill owner’s daughter, a debutante from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Books
12:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel

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“The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel”

Author: Ace Atkins

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 339

Price: $27.50 (Cloth)

Ace Atkins has been working harder than ever, simultaneously writing two detective/action series. He was chosen to write the Spenser novels after the death of Robert B. Parker and in 2011 began the Quinn Colson series with “The Ranger.”

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Books
12:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

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“The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir”

Author: Frye Gaillard

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 206

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

A few writers, even in mid-career, will deny that they read anything much. Faulkner denied, disingenuously, that he had read Joyce’s “Ulysses,” for example, probably for fear readers would feel he had been unduly influenced by Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness experiments.

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Arts & Life
7:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Birder Paul Franklin spots something in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Alabama Power Workers Mobilize for Storm

Authorities say more than 500 power workers from Alabama are heading north along the East Coast to help restore power as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.


Alabama Power Co. spokesman Mike Jordan says the company mobilized a force of 365 people Friday and those workers were scheduled to be in the Washington, D.C. area by Sunday.

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Arts & Life
7:51 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Freedom Rides Museum to Receive National Award

Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery is receiving a national award.
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The Freedom Rides Museum in the old Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery has been selected for a national historic preservation award.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation is presenting the award Friday in Spokane, Wash. It recognizes the groups behind the museum: the U.S. General Services Administration, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Greyhound Bus Station Advisory Committee and the U.S. Middle District Court of Alabama.

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