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Go Johnny, Go!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:30am

Go, Johnny Coulton, go! Our one-man house band plays the Chuck Berry classic "Johnny B. Goode" with the lyrics rewritten to be about other famous guys named John. Can you sing your way to victory?

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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:29am

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier — America

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:03am

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:03pm

Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:37pm

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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Want To Learn About The Scientific Method? Go Bake Some Cookies

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 2:09pm

How one woman's quest to bring you the scientific method has resulted in a blog project chock-full of chocolate chip cookie experiments. Wear your oven mitt and bring a glass of milk.

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:43pm

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:01pm

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:38am

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:03am

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:13am

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:12am

Metástasis, the Spanish-language remake of the AMC series, ends this week on UniMás. The show is set in Colombia instead of New Mexico, but the story of a teacher-turned-drug dealer stays the same.

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Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:07pm

This year's winners include a cartoonist, a documentarian, a leader in the legal fight for gay marriage, a saxophonist, mathematicians and scientists, poets, lawyers and advocates.

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100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:11pm

Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.

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'13 Days' Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 1:23pm

Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.

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'Mindy' And 'New Girl' Navigate Their Worlds Of Crazy Love

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:39pm

Fox brings two comedies back Tuesday night that are traversing the tricky matter of central romantic plots in different ways.

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Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:39am

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.

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The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In 'White Van'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:03am

Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.

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