Winding Down of April?

Hope you’re having a nice Easter, Passover, spring!

I have recommended Jennifer 8. Lee’s book on Chinese-American food; but I do question whether Panda Express can work in China (link is to an NPR coverage on the subject, including soundbites from Jennifer 8. Lee.  I’d guess that Panda Express would have to pull quite a marketing thing.  Not sure if their food stuff is any healthier than McDonald’s, but hey, who knows?).

Via an AABANY posting on Facebook, I discovered this link to a recent NPR interview: Michel Martin talking to Prof. Thomas Sy, who researched on the issue of APA’s as leaders.  Very interesting stuff.  Prof. Sy made some illuminating points.  In a way, it goes both ways: Management (whoever they are) and APA’s as employees have to change (it ain’t about just working hard).  And, it turns out that being masculine is still the model of leadership – well, not sure what that means for women (or women of color, especially).  We all still have a long way to go!

In time for Passover: really interesting essay from Sandip Roy on NPR, on the Jewish community of Calcutta, or what was once a strong Jewish community, as Jewish people left for Israel and away from the turmoil of the Hindu v. Muslim conflict at the time of Indian independence from Britain.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist, won the 2011 Pulitzer for Nonfiction for his book, The Emperor of All Maladies, a biography of cancer.  NPR re-posts the interview with Mukherjee that was on “All Things Considered.” Great interview – and I think I’ll read his book, or at least to add to the perpetually long to-read list.

Last, but not least: the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, a long-time companion (well, in America, we’d say sidekick) to the Doctor.  At least she got to work with at least 4 Doctors (I feel bad enough that I fell behind on watching the latest series).