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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:30pm

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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#CancelColbert: A Silly Twitter Tempest With A Worthy End

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

#CancelColbert may be a simplistic overreaction to an out-of-context tweet, but the hashtag activist who started it may have a valid point. Asians are too often stoic about bias.

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#CancelColbert Let Asian-Americans Call Out The Real Ding-Dongs

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

The fuss over #CancelColbert could be chalked up to an out-of-context tweet, but Asian-Americans are seriously tired of being the butt of jokes.

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Global Grannies Don't Sweat Travel Headaches

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:42am

They call themselves the Global Grannies, a group of women who travel together, started by three ladies in Montana. On this week's Wingin' It!, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the Global Grannies.

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 9:33am

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:26am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:03am

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:21am

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:17am

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

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What Silicon Valley's Cast Thinks About Silicon Valley Culture

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:17am

The perk-laden, money-drenched world of Silicon Valley gets a send-up from Mike Judge and HBO starting Sunday night. The cast weighs in on the "real" Silicon Valley.

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How To Kill A Character

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:11pm

To the shock and awe of viewers, main characters were killed off on ABC's Scandal and CBS' The Good Wife in recent weeks. Author K.M. Weiland offers advice on successfully killing a character.

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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:26pm

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.

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Ken Jeong: Doctor By Day, Comedian By Night

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:47pm

Before Ken Jeong played Señor Chang in Community and the infamous Mr. Chow in The Hangover, he was known by his patients as Dr. Jeong.

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Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:36am

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 6:03am

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:40am

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:24pm

It's the first week of baseball season so we'll ask three questions about The House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.

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