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Author Looks To Other Countries To Rethink America's Complicated Tax Code

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 1:13pm

When it comes to taxes, T.R. Reid says other countries have done "what the U.S. Congress evidently can't do — they've made it simple." His new book is A Fine Mess.

The Jewish Food Society Wants To Save The Recipes Of Grandmas Everywhere

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:57am

A new project aims to celebrate Jewish food and culture in all its diversity. It's collecting recipes from the Jewish diaspora and staging public events where stories behind the recipes are the stars.

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With This Publisher, Native American Superheroes Fly High

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Native Realities Press exclusively publishes Native American-made comics, graphic novels and games — including a reboot of Tribal Force, widely considered the first all-Native superhero comic book.

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#NPRpoetry Month: Vince Staples Reads His Favorite Twitter Poems

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Today's selections grapple with the existential crisis presented by string cheese, plus rapper Vince Staples shares a couple of his favorites from #NPRPoetry.

'American War' Explores The Universality Of Revenge

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 6:46am

Journalist Omar El Akkad imagines a dark, dystopian future in his new novel, American War. It follows a young girl whose curious, trusting nature leads her to terrible acts as she grows up.

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'Femininity Is Not Weakness,' Jessica Chastain Says Of 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 6:46am

Chastain stars as Antonina Żabińska, who, along with her husband, sheltered hundreds of Warsaw Jews during World War II. "It's exceptionally brave to fight violence with love," Chastain says.

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Find Your Way Across This Misty, Mysterious 'Frontier'

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 6:00am

Can Xue's book is hard to describe, much less explain — there's a town, and a mountain, and a poplar grove, and a host of people just trying to connect in a world of absent-minded strangeness.

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For Centuries, These Asian Recipes Have Helped New Moms Recover From Childbirth

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 6:00am

Postpartum soups and stews have traditionally been prepared for new moms by Asian grandmothers and aunts, the recipes passed down orally. A new cookbook seeks to preserve them before they're lost.

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'Madame President' Author On 'Street Cred,' Economic Power Of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 5:32pm

Helene Cooper's new book "Madame President" takes a detailed look at the life and career of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia.

NPR Poetry Month Kicks Off With Your Twitter Submissions

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 5:32pm

It's April 1st! And the first day of our NPR Poetry month, where we ask listeners to tweet us their poems using #NPRpoetry. Today's selection reveals a poet's day job as a scientist.

Designer Of Rainbow Flag, Enduring Symbol For Gay Rights, Has Died

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 3:47pm

Gilbert Baker used his sewing skills to create the flag, an enduring symbol of the gay rights movement, and later, of growing solidarity with LGBT causes. He was 65.

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Not My Job: 'Serial' Creator Sarah Koenig Gets Quizzed On Cereal

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:34am

In 2014, producer Sarah Koenig launched Serial, a spin-off podcast of This American Life. Serial Productions has now released S-Town, which explores an unexpected mystery in a small Alabama town.

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Not My Job: 'Serial' Creator Sarah Koenig Getz Quizzed On Cereal

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:34am

In 2014, producer Sarah Koenig launched Serial, a spin-off podcast of This American Life. Serial Productions has now released S-Town, which explores an unexpected mystery in a small Alabama town.

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'Ship Beyond Time' Sails Through The Centuries

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 9:00am

Heidi Heilig's duology, The Girl From Everywhere and the new The Ship Beyond Time, follows a girl who travels between worlds and times on her father's tall ship, trying to save her mother's life.

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Getty Museum Acquires Collection Of Architect Frank Gehry

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:04am

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a major collection of work by the architect Frank Gehry. It includes more than three decades of Gehry's drawings, photos, models and ephemera.

In 'Our Short History,' A Dying Single Mom Pens A Letter To Her Son

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:04am

Lauren Grodstein's new novel follows a political consultant who's determined to use what time she has left to share as much as she can with her 6-year-old son, including the identity of his father.

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Literal Farm To Table: Here's The Dirt On Chefs Cooking With Dirt

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:04am

As Chopped host Ted Allen puts it, "People are already eating snout-to-tale, leaves-to-roots. ... Chefs are getting people to eat kale and drink rotted juices. Dirt, rocks and mud just follow."

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Facing Death Threats And A Ban On His Novel, A Palestinian Author Flees

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:04am

"I always thought there was much space to write, to think, in Ramallah, especially," says novelist Abbad Yahya. "I feel that this space has now disappeared." He's now in hiding, fearing arrest.

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In The Art Of Netsuke, Tiny Toggles Tell Delightful Stories Of Japan

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 6:50am

Collectors covet the detailed and intricate charm-like pieces, used as anchors on kimono sashes. Master carver Komada Ryushi shares how he still gets nervous each time he starts a new netsuke.

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'Luna: Wolf Moon' Is A Howling Good Read

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 6:00am

No one builds worlds like Ian McDonald. In Luna: Wolf Moon, he gives us a lunar colony ruled by five brutal, powerful dynasties, orbiting an Earth wracked by scarcity wars and political squabbling.

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