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Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.

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Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.

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A Tumultuous Journey Along This 'Narrow Road'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:03am

Richard Flanagan's new novel follows a Tasmanian-born doctor, captured by the Japanese during WWII, who ends up caring for prisoners of war working on the notorious Thailand-Burma Death Railway.

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Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:27am

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."

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Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:27am

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."

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Forbidden 'Lace': A Book That Belonged To The Convent Girls In Zimbabwe

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:23am

At Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe, then 16-year old writer Irene Sabatini and her classmates swooned over the opulence, sex and strength portrayed by the women in Shirley Conran's Lace.

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Forbidden 'Lace': A Book That Belonged To The Convent Girls In Zimbabwe

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:23am

At Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe, then-16-year old writer Irene Sabatini and her classmates swooned over the opulence, sex and strength portrayed by the women in Shirley Conran's Lace.

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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:18pm

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.

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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:18pm

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.

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On The Track, The 'First Lady' Of Audi Calls The Shots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:20pm

Leena Gade of Audi Sport oversees mechanics, engineers and drivers. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the Le Mans.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with auther Martha Woodruff.

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An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's, but as he began to forget his past, the author says she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film.

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A Sea Of Ceramic Poppies Honors Britain's WWI Dead

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:48am

A hundred years after the start of World War I, 888,246 handmade red flowers are filling the moat at the Tower of London — one flower for each British or colonial life lost during the war.

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James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:32am

Reviewer Richard Torres calls Yamma Brown's new memoir of her father a valuable, warts-and-all portrait of a troubled icon — and the way the cycle of abuse can turn through famous families.

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Don Draper? Tywin Lannister? These Aren't Your Father's TV Dads

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:09pm

As part of All Things Considered's series on Men in America, NPR's Eric Deggans considers the way television fatherhood has changed over the past five decades, from Ward Cleaver to Walter White.

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Coogan And Brydon's New 'Trip' Is, Well, A Real Trip

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:21pm

Critic Bob Mondello says The Trip To Italy will make you hungry for all the delicious Italian food its stars ignore in this celebrity-impression-stuffed romp along the gorgeous Amalfi coast.

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In Acting And In Life, Lauren Bacall 'Loved The Idea Of Adventure'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:09pm

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday in New York at the age of 89. In 1994, she talked with Fresh Air about her early career, working with Marilyn Monroe and her intense love affair with Humphrey Bogart.

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While Films And TV Shows Miss Latinos, A YouTube Outlet Grows

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:15pm

Since it was created in 2012, the MiTú network has been rapidly expanding to meet demand for Latino web content. Now, it's partnering with Televisa, a Spanish-language media company.

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