Susan Jane Gilman, whose reviews and commentaries can be heard regularly on All Things Considered, is a journalist, fiction writer and bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess and, most recently, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, a memoir about a naive and disastrous trek Gilman made through Communist China in 1986.

Gilman has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Ms., Us, The Village Voice, The New York Observer and Real Simple, among others.

12:34pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Monkey See

Holiday Greetings From The World Of Politics: Dogs, Churches, And Plaid Shirts

Mitt Romney's holiday card for 2011 shows his entire large family.

12:22pm

Thu December 22, 2011
It's All Politics

Occupy Protesters Greet Romney On The Campaign Trail In New Hampshire

Occupy protesters gathered in Littleton, N.H. on Thursday.
Ari Shapiro NPR

On the trail with Mitt Romney in New Hampshire Thursday morning, I encountered the first Occupy protesters of the three-day bus trip.

One of them, Bob Broadhurst, grew up in Boston but now lives in nearby Littleton, N.H. He's been one of the Occupy protesters in New York since September, but returned to New Hampshire to protest along Romney's route.

A fourth-generation electrician, Broadhurst is an IBEW union member and his main issue is what he calls "the attack" on unions and labor. Romney represents a convenient target for his ire.

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12:20pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'Mind The Gap' Indeed: Woman's Fall Beneath Train Captured On Video

Originally published on Thu December 22, 2011 1:38 pm

A "mind the gap" reminder at the Acton Town Underground Station in London
carmen_seaby via Flickr

If you've been to Great Britain, you know that they're very persistent over there about the need to "mind the gap."

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12:03pm

Thu December 22, 2011
The Salt

Goat Is Good, Except, Perhaps, As A Pet

My colleague Allison Aubrey's story last week about giving an African a goat as an act of charity got me wondering: Why don't we see more goats here in the United States?

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12:00pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Author Interviews

Combat Canines Take On Tough Missions

The mission to capture Osama Bin Laden didn't just include a few dozen Navy Seals. A dog named Cairo played an integral part. Military dogs are often equipped with an ear bud and camera in order to be the first to enter a room and help soldiers survey the scene. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with Lisa Rogak, author of Dogs of War.

12:00pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Beauty Shop

Candidates' Wives Take The Lead In Campaign Ads

This week, the ladies discuss whether voters will be swayed by political ads featuring the wives of GOP presidential candidates. Plus Janet Jackson becomes the new spokeswoman for the dieting brand, Nutrisystem, and Kobe Bryant is getting divorced. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with a diverse panel of bloggers and journalists.

12:00pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Economy

Holidays And Political Gridlock Strain Unemployed

The extension on federal jobless benefits is set to expire. If no deal is reached, 2 million people will see their benefits dry up by the end of January. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Vincent Brandon, who has been unemployed since March.

12:00pm

Thu December 22, 2011
Remembrances

'Barefoot Diva' Of Cape Verde Islands Dies At 70

Singer Cesaria Evora was known for winning over international audiences with the slow, somber ballads about love and sorrow from her native Cape Verde islands. She always performed barefoot as a sign of solidarity with the impoverished women of her island. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR's Felix Contreras about the life and legacy of Evora.

Composer and author Tom Manoff has been the classical music critic for NPR's All Things Considered since 1985.

In addition to his work at NPR, Manoff has written for the New York Times and other newspapers. Manoff's compositions include music for the Oscar-winning documentary Down and Out in the USA and Honor is so Sublime Perfection, performed at Tanglewood.

Currently, Manoff is working on an opera "The Trials of Katherina Kepler" and Chase the White Horse, a political memoir about his family.

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