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7:16 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Farar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 4:22 am

In her new collection of essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson writes: "I find that the hardest work in the world — it may in fact be impossible — is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."

Robinson grew up in Idaho and has lived in Massachusetts for 20 years. In her essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson takes on misconceptions of the American West, the generosity of Christian faith, and the state of the global economy.

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The Picture Show
7:15 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Coping With Tragedy: An Intimate View Of Japanese Daily Life

Daisuke Arakawa (right) searches for a photograph of his grandparents, with his uncle Katsuhiko Arakawa, in a school gym set up as a collection site for articles found after the tsunami, in the Yuriage area of Natori, Japan.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

"The Japanese people have a strong connection with nature and the ocean and a huge respect for them," says Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak. "They do not blame the tsunami; they feel like it is part of nature's way of regenerating."

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History
7:14 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Life At Jefferson's Monticello, As His Slaves Saw It

Isaac Granger was an enslaved blacksmith at Monticello. Jefferson made Granger's father, George Granger Sr., Monticello's overseer, the only enslaved man to rise to that position and to receive an annual wage.
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 5:07 am

Thomas Jefferson's very existence was shaped and enabled by slavery. Slaves placed newborn Thomas in his cradle, and slaves comforted the former president on his deathbed.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:14 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Japan's Tsunami Recalled In Beautifully Animated Simone White Song

Hideyuki Katsumata

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 6:54 am

The Los Angeles-based singer Simone White has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real.

On "In The Water Where The City Ends," from her latest record, Silver Silver, White's voice is at its most haunting as she recalls, in disjointed poetry, the tsunami that devastated Japan's Tohoku region last year.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
7:14 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Taking a Bite Out Of Energy Consumption

Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 6:06 am

While the United States is home to just five percent of the global population, we consume a whopping 20 percent of the world's energy. With a seemingly endless appetite for fuel and concern over the stability of import supplies, everyone seems to be looking for a practical domestic solution.

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