All Things Considered for Sunday, November 10, 2013

Merchant Marines See New Obstacles In Food Aid Proposal

The U.S. share of international shipping has been shrinking ever since World War II. The latest threat comes from a proposed change that would allow the U.S. to buy a large percentage of its food aid in local markets, instead of from the U.S. That would mean less shipping from the U.S., and possibly fewer jobs.

Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

Conspiracy theories continue over the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and polonium is suspected as the weapon of the alleged assassin. Whatever happened to Arafat, there is a case from 2006 that shows just how destructive the radioactive element can be. It all started with a sip of green tea.

Randi Zuckerberg On Women In Tech: It's 'Complicated'

Twitter made its public debut this week, but there was criticism, too. There are no women on its board of directors. Facebook also drew criticism last year when it went public with an all-male board of directors. Host Arun Rath talks with Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media, former marketing director of Facebook, and sister of Mark Zuckerberg, about the lack of women in high-level positions in Silicon Valley and about her new book Dot Complicated: Untangling our Wired Lives.
Joe Sacco has made a career of tackling difficult subjects through imagery. He's a journalist and cartoonist who has reported on the Middle East and Bosnia — in both written and comic form. In his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns to history, producing a 24-foot-long depiction of the horrifying first day of the Battle of the Somme.

That Clever Trick Of Getting You To Click

Is getting you to click a crime, even if the clever headline doesn't really reflect the content? Steve Hind believes that traditional media companies should take note from sites that use clever headlines to lure in readers. Host Arun Rath speaks with him about his op-ed in The Guardian, in defense of clickbaiting.
Award-winning author Cynthia Rylant's pictures books revolve around children relying on their families for love and support. To write a good children's book, she says, "you have to be a good poet." Her latest book, God Got A Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her a day to write.

In Lucius, Two Singers Find An Arresting Harmony

The New York band's sound veers from girl-group pop to sunbaked psychedelia. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, whose entwined vocals are what make the group stand out.
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