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A Big Break Realized Amidst Fluorescent Lights and Slurpee Machines

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:00pm

For Terry Boring, he found his big break while working a dead-end job at a convenience store in Pittsburgh.

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Revolution, Fatherhood And 'Five Years In The Middle East'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 3:41pm

From 2008 to 2013, Nathan Deuel and his family lived in the Middle East. His new memoir about his experience is titled Friday Was The Bomb.

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What's In A Roar? Crafting Godzilla's Iconic Sound

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 3:37pm

The roar in the 1954 original was the sound of a leather glove coated in pine-tar resin being dragged over a double bass guitar. Each film since has tweaked the recipe.

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Putting A Face Behind The 'Sting Of The Drone'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to former national coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Clarke. He's written a new thriller, Sting of the Drone, a fictional look at the U.S. drone program.

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New Initiative Aims To Encourage Diversity In Kids' Publishing

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

A nonprofit organization called First Book is planning to buy up and distribute thousands of childrens' books in order to convince publishers that a market exists for diverse characters and cultures.

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Novel Humanizes The 'Hyena Of The Gestapo'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is the latest novel by author Francine Prose. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Prose about her novel, set in Paris from the 1920s to the end of World War II.

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Cat Bite Takes A Dramatic Chunk Out Of These 'Desperate Characters'

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:29am

The action in Paula Fox's harrowing 1970 novel is set in motion by an unfriendly alley cat — but it spirals out into a multilayered and pointedly accurate portrayal of the dissolution of a marriage.

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In 'Clash Of The Financial Pundits,' Clarity For The Investor?

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:07pm

Millions of Americans get their financial advice from high-profile pundits on talk radio and cable television. The new book Clash of the Financial Pundits looks at how they affect our investments.

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Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:07pm

Eugene Robinson, deputy editor of the online magazine Ozy, tells Tess Vigeland how Amsterdam is shaping up the red light district and about a New Orleans homicide detective who is an artist by day.

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No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 3:17pm

Actor Terry Crews has an NFL physique that's perfect for action films, but it's his sense of humor that's won over fans. Crews' revealing new memoir is called Manhood.

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Barbara Walters: The Original Peggy Olson

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 8:10am

Like her Mad Men counterpart, the 84-year-old broadcasting legend got her start as a secretary for a Manhattan advertising agency. That's not the only parallel for Walters, who retired this week.

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Late Director Searched For Mysterious 'Sugar Man'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul died this week. He's remembered in this rebroadcast of a 2012 interview with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Mark Twain's Famous Outcasts Float Through Three Centuries

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Huck Finn and his friend Jim float down the Mississippi through the Jim Crow South and Hurricane Katrina in a new book called The Boy and his Winter. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Norman Lock.

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'Wynne's War,' A Modern Take On The Classic 'Mideastern'

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

Wynne's War is part western, part war novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Aaron Gwyn about the book that follows a U.S. Special Forces unit on horseback through Afghanistan.

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A Burrito With A Side Of Prose At Chipotle

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 6:47am

The restaurant chain Chipotle is bringing literature to its cups and bags. Writers are penning stories that customers can read while they eat. Ever hear the tale of The Old Man and the Burrito?

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The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:38am

A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.

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The 'Wayward And Defiant' Life Of Journalist Rebecca West

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 4:38am

A new biography by Lorna Gibb glosses over West's writing to focus on her remarkable, tumultuous 20th-century life. Reviewer Michael Schaub says the book is well-researched, yet reads like a novel.

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Not My Job: Political Adviser John Podesta Gets Quizzed On A Swedish King

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 6:19pm

In honor of judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell we've invited Podesta to answer three questions about a Carl who isn't a Kasell, but rather, has one — King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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A 'New York Times' Shake-up, But Not The One You're Thinking Of

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 4:41pm

The New York Times made news this week when it announced Jill Abramson's departure. For a deeper understanding of the paper's history, author Kevin Roose recommends Hard News by Seth Mnookin.

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Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:01pm

Walker's latest project is a series of sugar sculptures housed in a former sugar refinery. From far away the works look charming, but up close they tell the ugly story of the Caribbean slave trade.

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