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  • Men In America
  • Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

    This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.

    In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.

    "I think boy energy has been misunderstood," says Lisa Hayle, a language arts teacher at the East Bay School. "Instead of squelching their enthusiasm for things, at our school we channel it and work with it."

  • Author Interviews
  • 'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

    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.

    Author Tiphanie Yanique grew up on the island of St. Thomas, she tells NPR's Eric Westervelt. Her mother and father grew up in the Virgin Islands too, as did the generations before them.


    Interview Highlights

    On the setting of Land of Love and Drowning

  • Around the Nation
  • Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

    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.

    He has been purchasing and collecting homeless signs since 1993 and has incorporated them into artwork over the years. This is his first trip across the country. Baronet says he makes every attempt for them to set the price. The average price he has paid for a sign is $12, but he has paid as little as $4 and as much as $40.