Remembrances
5:32 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Carlos Fuentes Was A 'Renaissance Man'

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One of Mexico's greatest writers has died: Carlos Fuentes. He was 83. Fuentes was a central figure in the Latin American literary boom of the 1960s and '70s. And he was publishing fiction and essays until the end, including an essay published today in the Mexican newspaper Reforma. I'm joined by Ilan Stavans, professor of Latino Studies at Amherst College. And, Professor Stavans, give us a sense of the broad sweep of Fuentes' career and what made his work so important.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Report: GM Will No Longer Buy Ads On Facebook

The Facebook thumb.
Paul Sakuma AP

According to The Wall Street Journal and CBS News, General Motors is planning to pull its ads from Facebook.

That would be a big move because GM has spent about $10 million in Facebook ads and the news comes just days before Facebook goes public on Friday.

The Journal reports:

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Recipes
4:19 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Smoked Paprika Carrot And Parsnip Chips

Susan Russo for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 12:43 pm

Since carrots and parsnips are naturally supersweet, they appreciate the heat from the black pepper and smoked paprika in this recipe.

Makes 4 servings

4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal, paper-thin

2 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced on the diagonal, paper-thin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For easy cleanup, line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:10 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

U.S. Funding Of HIV/AIDS Fight Overseas Carries Other Benefits

A mother and child wait to receive treatment at the HIV clinic in Nyagasambu, Rwanda, in Feb. 2008. The clinic was built by the Washington-based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with a grant from the PEPFAR program.
Shashank Bengali MCT/Landov

U.S. government spending to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries is also preventing death from other diseases, a new study finds.

Some experts worry the billions of dollars the United States spends to treat people with HIV in poor countries may crowd out prevention and treatment of other illnesses.

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Remembrances
3:41 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Remembering Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 3:46 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

One of Mexico's greatest writers has died: Carlos Fuentes. He was 83. Fuentes was a central figure in the Latin American literary boom of the 1960s and '70s. And he was publishing fiction and essays until the end, including an essay published today in the Mexican newspaper Reforma. Our own book critic Alan Cheuse knew Fuentes and reviewed many of his novels. Hi, Alan.

ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.

SIEGEL: And first, give us a sense of the broad sweep of Carlos Fuentes' career, and what made his work so important?

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Monkey See
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Fox Rolls Out Its New Fall Shows, Including One From Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling stars in the new Fox comedy The Mindy Project.
Beth Dubber Fox

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:54 am

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Dar Williams In Concert

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:01 am

It isn't folksinger Dar Williams' first time performing at one of WXPN's Live Friday concerts — she was on the stage with country star Allison Moorer last year — and it won't be her last. Williams began her foray into folk music while in Boston, making the coffee-shop rounds and recording her own demos.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Kathleen Ferrier: A Voice Not Forgotten

The English contralto Kathleen Ferrier had a voice like no other. She was born 100 years ago.
Decca

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 11:48 am

One hundred years ago, a musical marvel was born. She grew up in a tiny hamlet in the North of England, but made a huge impression on the world of classical music.

"Unique" is an overused word, yet it truly fits the sound of Kathleen Ferrier's voice. If you've never heard it, prepare to be amazed — stop reading now and click on the link below.

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Business
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Shareholders Press JPMorgan Over Risk-Taking

Protesters are seen behind a banner with a picture of JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon outside a shareholders meeting Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 3:46 pm

JPMorgan Chase faced more critics Tuesday, this time from some of its own shareholders at its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. This comes after the bank disclosed it lost at least $2 billion last week in a bungled trading strategy.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the surprise loss, and the Justice Department has now reportedly opened a preliminary probe.

JPMorgan executives let shareholders do some venting at Tuesday's meeting.

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Recipes
3:38 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Chili-Lime Plantain Chips

Susan Russo for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Because of their low moisture content, unripe plantains will crisp easily, so keep an eye on them. Once they begin to brown, they harden a lot, at which point you can toss them to your dog for a chew toy and start a new batch.

Makes 4 servings

2 medium unripe plantains (they should be hard and green), thinly sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or Mexican/taco seasoning)

1/4 teaspoon salt

The zest of 1 small lime

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