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4:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Around the Nation

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:52 pm

Artist Willie Baronet has been collecting signs from the homeless since 1993.
Tanya Conovaloff

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.

He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called We Are All Homeless. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Baronet wants us to slow down, read them and understand.

"It really started because of my discomfort, my guilt, the way I felt, whenever I encountered a homeless person on the corner," he tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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4:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Author Interviews

'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:52 pm

The Land of Love And Drowning follows a family living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early 20th century.
Brennan Linsley AP

In the new novel Land of Love and Drowning, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.

The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.

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5:48pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Code Switch

Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 6:29 pm

On Wednesday, Lifetime premiered BAPs, a reality show that follows "an exclusive, privileged and affluent group of African American friends from St. Louis who self-identify as 'BAPs' — Black American Princesses and Princes."
Richard Knapp

TV viewers have come to expect a certain formula from Lifetime shows — stories of desperate women, sudden teen pregnancy, or sentimental romance — starring women who are, for the most part, white. But on Wednesday, Lifetime added something different to their lineup with the premiere of a new "docu-series" called BAPs. BAPs stands for Black American Prince or Princess. The reality show follows a group of young, wealthy African Americans in St. Louis through dinner parties and shouting matches.

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4:11pm

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

Exploring The Economics Of Paying What You Want

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 6:29 pm

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4:11pm

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

War In Syria Continues Among Other Regional Conflicts

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 5:21 pm

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