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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:04am

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:03am

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:05pm

Monday night's Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it's about sex.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:56pm

Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:39am

After graduation, Mason Kerwick landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, he and his two team members will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:35am

Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It's the Korean steak from Rhea's Market and Deli in San Francisco.

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Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.

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Box Office Wallows In A Summer Slump, And Some Seek To Find Out Why

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.

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Tales Of Immigration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:21am

Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:11pm

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

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At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.

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What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

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