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House Calls To The Homeless: A Doctor Treats Boston's Most Isolated Patients

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:35pm

James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is Stories from the Shadows.

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Exclusive First Read: Anthony Marra's 'The Tsar Of Love And Techno'

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:03pm

Read an exclusive excerpt of Anthony Marra's The Tsar of Love and Techno, a collection of nine interconnected stories about the journey of a mysterious painting through modern Russian history.

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'Last Song' Is A Beautifully Orchestrated Fantasy Debut

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:03am

Ilana C. Myers creates a lush, shadowed fantasy world in Last Song Before Night, with a sprawling cast and an epic quest to restore the long-lost magic once summoned by music.

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From Ingenue To Antigone: Juliette Binoche Discusses Acting, Aging And Family

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 1:03pm

The Oscar-winning actress plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. "It's a very powerful play," Binoche says. Sophocles "still is bringing so much truth in our lives."

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Banksy's 'Dismaland' To Be Dismantled And Sent To House Migrants In France

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:46pm

Banksy's "bemusement park" in England has closed. All of the structures from the park will be sent to a refugee camp in Calais, France, to help build shelters, according to the website.

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A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:22pm

Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.

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Memories Of A Maybe Angel In 'Don't Suck, Don't Die'

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 6:03am

Musicians Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt were friends and tour buddies for years before his death from an overdose in 2009; Don't Suck is Hersh's haunting memoir of her lost friend and his pain.

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How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:26am

Food writer Ruth Reichl has a new cookbook called My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. It describes how she found her voice after Conde Nast shut down Gourmet, where she was the editor.

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No Vanity Project: Baryshnikov Tells Artists, 'You're The Boss'

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 4:23am

You'd think the sign in front of dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov's arts center would have his name in lights — but actually, you can barely see it. He says what happens inside is way more important.

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Out Of 'The Object Lesson,' An Education In The Power Of Kept Things

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 5:02pm

Geoff Sobelle calls his new one-man play "a meditation on our relationship to things." On a visit to the show, NPR's Arun Rath gathers a lesson in the meaning of stuff -- and the memories it can bear.

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Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: 'Martian' Takes Its Science Seriously

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 4:00pm

Programmer Andy Weir had always longed to read science fiction with a greater focus on science. So, he wrote a novel of his own — which has since become a best-seller and, now, a blockbuster film.

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 6:53am

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.

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Devoted Fans Cross The Country For 'Gunsmoke' Reunion

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 6:48am

It's been 40 years since Gunsmoke ran on television, but it remains a classic Western. Several actors, including Burt Reynolds, reunite in Dodge City, Kan.

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Confronting A Lifetime Of Bullying With 'A Brave Heart'

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 6:48am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lizzie Velasquez, the subject of the new documentary, A Brave Heart. Velasquez suffers from a rare genetic condition and was the victim of terrible bullying.

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After Escaping North Korea, Freedom Is 'Seriously, Deadly Hard'

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 6:48am

Yeonmi Park escaped from North Korea at age 13 only to find that freedom was more elusive than she'd imagined. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Park about her new book, In Order to Live.

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'Baru Cormorant' Will Catch You Unawares

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 5:30am

Seth Dickinson's fantasy debut lays out pages of loans, taxes and commodity trading for his imagined empires — which turns out to be a riveting backdrop for a brutal tale of loyalty and rebellion.

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The Deeper Meanings Of A Leg, Lost And Found — And Fought Over

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 4:22pm

When a North Carolina man found a human leg in a grill, he tried to extend his 15 minutes of fame. Directors Clay Tweel and Bryan Carberry capture the wild tale in their documentary Finders Keepers.

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Meet The Man Who Invents Languages For A Living

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 4:05pm

David J. Peterson has crafted languages for TV shows and films — even a whole language for a single giant, in Game of Thrones. For him, every language is a balance of the technical and the artistic.

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Not My Job: Singer-Songwriter Jewel Gets Quizzed On Jewel Thieves

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 9:11am

Before she hit it big with her first album, Pieces of You in 1995, Jewel was living out of her car. She tells her story in a new memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story.

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Quest For Fun: Looking Back At 'National Lampoon'

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 6:39am

Director Douglas Tirola's new film, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, chronicles the rise and fall of National Lampoon. Tirola tells NPR the magazine's power came from its willingness to go after anyone.

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