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Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order

2 hours 53 min ago

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.

'The Melody' Will Draw You In, Then Take You Somewhere Unexpected

9 hours 32 min ago

Jim Crace's superb new novel is a trickster — it seems to be a bittersweet tale of late-life love, but then it becomes a meditation on gentrification and the toll poverty can take on human beings.

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00pm

Critic Maureen Corrigan says Tommy Orange's novel, which centers on a cast of native and mixed-race characters whose lives intersect at a powwow, features "a literary authority rare in a debut."

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It'll Take More Than A Few Angry Villagers To Kill Off 'Frankenstein'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 6:00am

Mary Shelley's timeless novel gave us not only an enduring trope — the misunderstood monster — but an equally enduring way to talk about what happens when human knowledge outpaces responsibility.

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Have We Reached Peak Funny?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:00am

In his new book Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture, Ken Jennings takes humor seriously, tracing how comedy infiltrated every aspect of our lives — and what it's doing to us.

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What We Learned From Dad

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 7:12am

This Father's Day, we celebrate what our dads have taught us, from how to run to being a good listener.

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'You Just Serve As Much As You Can': Mj Rodriguez On Ball Culture And 'Pose'

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 7:12am

The FX drama stars several transgender actors, including Rodriguez. She says, "It's great that finally our stories are getting to be told."

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'Where The Nightmares Go' Maps The Territory Of Fear

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 6:00am

C. Robert Cargill's new story collection covers the globe and genres of horror from classic to modern, with ghost stories, thrillers, gore and puzzles that would be right at home on premium cable.

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A Dad, A Daughter, A Disappearing Act: Love And Mourning On Father's Day

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 5:44am

After waiting a lifetime to meet her father, NPR journalist Maquita Peters finally got to know him, only to have him vanish from her life.

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'The Secret Life of Cows' Aims To Show Animals As Thinking, Feeling Beings

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 4:01am

Farmer Rosamund Young's book will charm people who want to lap up more evidence that animals have personalities, but may not warm hearts of animal lovers who don't eat meat.

In June, Make Your Escape With These 3 Hot Reads

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 9:00am

Summer's getting hotter, so here are three romances guaranteed to raise your temperature and take you on an adventure, from London's West End to Barcelona to a Harvard University classroom.

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'Old In Art School': An MFA Inspires A Memoir Of Age

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:26am

Upon retiring from Princeton University at age 64, historian Nell Irvin Painter decided to pursue a second career in visual art among students a third of her age.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Comedian Louie Anderson On The Song 'Louie Louie'

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:16am

Comedian and actor Louie Anderson won an Emmy for his performance on the FX show Baskets. His new book is titled Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too.

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Teaching Children To Ask The Big Questions Without Religion

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:04am

Religion offers answers to big questions about life and death, right and wrong, and who we are. But some unaffiliated parents are finding power in not knowing those answers.

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In 'Fight No More,' Life Rushes By, But Sometime's There's Beauty

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 6:00am

Lydia Millet's latest is a novel about death, disguised as a short story collection about real estate, alternately wrenching and hilarious, and full of joys on every scale.

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Struggling For Words, A Boy And His Grandfather Are 'Drawn Together' At Last

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:03pm

Author Minh Lê had a loving relationship with his grandparents, but he also remembers a lot of "awkward silence." His new book explores barriers of language and culture between generations.

Unidentified Thief Caught On Camera Stealing $45,000 Banksy Print From Exhibit

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 3:16pm

Toronto police say Trolley Hunters was stolen from the unauthorized show Sunday — and they've released surveillance video backing it up. That hasn't quieted conspiracy theorists, though.

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Remembering War Photographer David Douglas Duncan

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:38pm

Duncan, who died at 102, was a Marine officer and combat photographer during World War II. Later he photographed the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Originally broadcast in 1990.

A Filmmaker's 'Quest' For A Quiet Family Portrait Is Pierced By Unforeseen Trauma

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:38pm

Jonathan Olshefski spent 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in North Philadelphia. Then their daughter was shot. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2017.

Ed Helms: Tag Me In

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:01am

Actor Ed Helms talks about his new movie Tag and he shares a toothy secret kept from The Office producers.

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