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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:33am

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.

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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:16pm

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.

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Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:39pm

Jews have made mahia, a spirit made with fermented figs, in Morocco for centuries, but the tradition has all but died out. A New York couple aims to reintroduce the drink that once connected a nation.

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Sandwich Monday: The Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try an update to a sandwich classic: the grilled cheese, breaded and deep-fried.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

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Book News: Does Anyone Actually Finish Thomas Piketty's 'Capital'?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:15am

Also: an essay on domestic violence from Kelly Sundberg; notable books coming out this week.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:19am

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.

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The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a "complex person," says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz's story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.

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The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a "complex person," says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz's story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.

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After Assault, Woman Finds Hope And Career In Restorative Justice

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:05pm

In 1976, Lorenn Walker was attacked in an alley in Waikiki, Hawaii. That trauma inspired Walker, then a high school dropout, to enroll in college, become a lawyer and work in violence prevention.

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Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:05pm

After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.

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If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 7:10am

Two clues will be given for two five-letter answers. Move the middle letter of the first answer to the end to get the second answer.

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'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53am

Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum, and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book, Coffee For Roses, busts common gardening myths.

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Islamabad's Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53am

One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is eager to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, his students play digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.

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From Expensive To Holy, Mistakes Are 'Just My Typo'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53am

"Sinning with the choir" is one of many typos featured in a new book called Just My Typo. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Drummond Moir, who compiled the collection of funny misspellings.

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Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:14pm

The story, which is about a man who comes back to life, was meant to be the final piece in Samuel Beckett's first collection of stories. But his original editor refused to publish it.

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Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 4:04pm

At the tennis tournament this year, as in years past, a Harris hawk named Rufus has been soaring above the stadium. His job is to keep pigeons from trespassing onto the iconic grass on Centre Court.

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A Noodle-Maker's Daughter Falls For Ballroom Dancing In 'Mambo'

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:47am

Jean Kwok, the award-winning writer of Girl in Translation, has written a new book called Mambo in Chinatown, a Cinderella story about a 22-year-old Chinese-American torn between two cultures.

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On The Hunt For The Nation's Best Burrito

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 6:43am

Anna Maria Barry-Jester has been traveling the USA, eating, photographing, blogging and ranking the nation's burritos. She tells NPR's Tamara Keith about the epic journey.

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