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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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'The Dog': Dubious Dealings In Dubai

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:36am

There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.

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As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 5:22pm

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.

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Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:21pm

Wilson used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's book fills in missing pieces of the president's life. Original interview broadcast Sept. 10, 2013.

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In 'The Drop,' Mob Bosses Bully Sad Characters At A Bar In Brooklyn

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:58pm

The film based on Dennis Lehane's short story Animal Rescue is supposed be a thriller, but the narrative doesn't have much urgency. The reason it's worth seeing? James Gandolfini is at his peak.

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An Unblinking Lens Turns Toward Lives In Poverty In 'Stray Dogs'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Stray Dogs is a challenging film about poverty, unconventionally structured and shot but faithful to the emotional resonance conveyed by its very long shots.

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Getting Each Other And The Bonds Of 'The Skeleton Twins'

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:03am

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play brother and sister in a family drama that takes on the relatively neglected matter of adult siblings and their complex bond.

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How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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