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Sat March 17, 2012
Author Interviews

'The O'Briens': A Multigenerational Canadian Epic


In the Law of Dreams, Canadian writer Peter Behrens' first novel, an Irish immigrant, based on Behrens' grandfather, makes his way out of famine-starved Ireland to Canada. The novel came out in 2006 to wide acclaim and won Canada's Governor-General's award for fiction.

Now, Behrens has followed up with another multigenerational novel. The O'Briens opens in 1867, with teenage Joe O'Brien scratching out a living in Quebec after his father and mother have both died.

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Sat March 17, 2012

A St. Patrick's Poem On Shamrocks And Stereotypes

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 9:07 am


Ireland has launched some of the greatest writers in English literature, from William Butler Yeats to Oscar Wilde to George Bernard Shaw.

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Fri March 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 9:07 am

Moot Davis' new album is Man about Town.
Courtesy of the artist

Though guitarist Moot Davis grew up a New Jersey rocker, he had an appreciation for country music thanks to his West Virginian parents. But it wasn't until he saw a certain cola commercial that he really turned a corner.

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Sat March 10, 2012
Simon Says

Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 12:49 pm

Actress Junie Hoang is going to court because her IMDB profile reveals her age.

I hope it's not ungentlemanly to note that Junie Hoang is 40 years old. Her birth date appears in the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, as does the fact that she has played a headless woman in Domain of the Damned and Ms. Fix-It in Voodoo Dolly.

She doesn't sound like a woman to cross.

Junie Hoang is going to court against IMDb, which is owned by Amazon, because it reveals her age in her entry. She believes that could cost her work.

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Sat March 10, 2012
NPR Story

Will Job Numbers Add Up To Votes For Obama?

Originally published on Sat March 10, 2012 12:49 pm



We've been hearing the latest employment numbers show things moving in a positive direction, but the economy and jobs market are still weak. That's, of course, a major factor in an election year. Our friend from the business world, Joe Nocera, joins us. He's an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. Joe, thanks for being with us.

JOE NOCERA: Thanks for having me, Scott.

SIMON: As we heard, of course, the economy added more jobs in February than economists had expected. Is this a trend or true stability?

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