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'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:15pm

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.

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'Vorrh' Is A Dizzying Trek Into The Dark Heart of Fantasy

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 9:03am

British artist Brian Catling makes his fiction debut with The Vorrh, about a mysterious forest in an alternate-universe Africa. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it an "eye-gouging, mind-bending spectacle."

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No Easy Answers In 'The Book Of Aron'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 6:03am

Jim Shepard's new novel follows a depressed and probably doomed young boy in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto during World War II. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a "rewarding, shocking and beautiful book."

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Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:00am

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next."

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At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:28am

The dramatic images at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art linger in the mind. Curator Linda Komaroff says she hopes the collection challenges an American audience to rethink preconceptions.

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Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 1:03am

The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out, titled It's A Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do.

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Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 3:31pm

British mystery writer Ruth Rendell has died; she was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.

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Sandwich Monday: We're Full

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:34pm

The Sandwich Monday team says "See you later." Then we say, "Are you gonna eat that?"

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Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:23pm

The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air's David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."

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Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 12:23pm

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.

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'Mad Men' Skates Across A Changed And Changing Landscape

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:20am

Mad Men's third to last episode was a hard one for Joan, a better one for Peggy, and perhaps a pivotal one for Don — or the man we know as Don.

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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:03am

Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."

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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:00am

Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."

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'I Take You' Is Madcap Marital Mayhem

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:03am

Eliza Kennedy's snappy new novel follows Lily Wilder, a high-powered litigator conflicted about her upcoming wedding because she's having too much fun with sex, booze and work to settle down.

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A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:03am

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.

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From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:23pm

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.

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With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:23pm

The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.

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A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 7:03am

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."

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Orson Welles, Famous In Film, Also Brought Radio To Life

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this week, is well-known for breaking new ground in theater and film. But, as author Colin Fleming tells NPR's Rachel Martin, he also did significant work in radio.

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Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery'

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:45am

Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask.

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