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Kids, Pants, Booze, Music: Trouble In River City And Always

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:38am

There's nothing new about the feeling that the culture is in constant decline or the ease of exploiting that feeling — just ask the fictional protagonist of a classic American musical.

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Book News: Oscar Pistorius To Write A Memoir, His Agent Says

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:38am

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:08pm

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.

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From Casting To Cutting The N-Word, The Making Of 'Gone With The Wind'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

As the film turns 75, a new exhibit looks back at the controversy over Scarlett being played by a British actress and how the African-American press influenced the script.

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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

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'Your Call Is Important ... ' Which Is Why You Hear Music

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

We've all been put on hold. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to journalist Tom Vanderbilt, who says that music on the other end of the phone line helps keep customers sane while they wait.

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A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:29am

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

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A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:29am

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

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In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.

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A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:55pm

Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:40am

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:03am

Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."

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Not My Job: Comedian Richard Lewis Gets Quizzed On Confidence

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:25am

Comedian Richard Lewis has made a successful career out of being a nervous, complaining, chronic worrier. So we're going to ask him three questions about "how to become a badass."

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Medic Returns From Afghanistan To Broken Family In 'Bliss'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

In the film, Fort Bliss, a sergeant serving in Afghanistan struggles between her duties as a mother and as a soldier. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with director Claudia Meyers about her latest movie.

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Paul Thorn Got Music At Southern Churches, White And Black

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

Paul Thorn is a tough guy who sings the blues. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to the former-prizefighter-turned-musician about his new CD, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

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Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.

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Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

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Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:40am

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.

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Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:40am

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.

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