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How 4 Gay Black Women Fought Back Against A Sexual Harasser — And Landed In Jail

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:58am

They're called the New Jersey 4, a group of young women who were catcalled and allegedly attacked in New York. Why did they — and not their harasser — end up in jail? A new documentary digs in.

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'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:03am

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.

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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:02pm

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 1:37pm

We have a conversation with one of our favorite regular-book enthusiasts about the special matter of the audiobook.

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Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:31pm

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.

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From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

A new documentary, Fresh Dressed, explores the relationship between the clothes and the music of hip-hop — including the rise and fall of black-owned brands and black designers.

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Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.

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Like Seinfeld, 'Festival' Is About Nothing... And Everything

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:03am

Milan Kundera's new novel is short on plot, but don't mistake that for dullness. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the book is slim, funny and stunningly profound.

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Raised By 5 Different Families, 6 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards'

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:19am

In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.

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What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 5:01pm

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

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Marvel's Half-Black, Half-Latino Spider-Man Is Going Mainstream

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:07pm

"It won't be [that] Miles is Spider-Man with an asterisk or some kind of adjective or adverb attached to it," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He is going to be Spider-Man — just Spider-Man."

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How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 4:06pm

Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it but not give it too much power over us."

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Not My Job: Astronaut Sunita Williams Gets Quizzed On Storage Space

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 8:31am

Since Williams is such an expert on outer space, we're going to quiz her on a different kind of space. She'll answer three questions about the fascinating world of rental storage units.

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Alpha, Beta, Heathcliff — An Alphabet Of Romance Heroes

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:09am

As part of the NPR Books Summer of Love series, Lynn Neary digs into the history of the romance hero, the difference between alpha and beta heroes, and why Heathcliff is really kind of a jerk.

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Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:09am

"Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.

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Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:09am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.

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What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:09am

The photographer, who died last month, has a famous portfolio of arresting images. Among them is a shot of two children in 1990. Amanda thought the photo shoot would change her life. It did not.

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The Craft Sequence: Please Do Judge These Books By Their Covers

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 6:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine rewinds Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence. Critic Amal El-Mohtar was drawn in by great cover art and discovered a sharp, smart, unusual urban fantasy series.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Johnny Gimble, The 'King Of The Swing Fiddle'

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:16pm

Gimble, who died Saturday at the age of 88, spent years playing fiddle with the Texas Playboys. He was regarded by critics as one of the best to ever pick up a bow. Originally broadcast April 9, 2010.

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