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'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:38:00 -0400 
    The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."


Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:25:00 -0400 
    In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.


Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another? 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:17:00 -0400 
    Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.


Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors 
  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:00 -0400 
    In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.


What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like 
  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:59:31 -0400 
    American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."


Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous 
  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:33:48 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Judy Greer about the pitfalls of semi-celebrity, as depicted in her new memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From.


Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language' 
  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:33:48 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Francesca Marciano about her new book, The Other Language, a collection of stories about characters experiencing new cultures and taking on new identities.


A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing' 
  Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:03:00 -0400 
    All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.


Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse 
  Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:03:00 -0400 
    Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.


Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries 
  Sat, 12 Apr 2014 05:05:36 -0400 
    From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.


Bringing Back Freshness And Flair To The Easter Table 
  Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:28:23 -0400 
    Before you go whole hog on an Easter ham, deviled eggs or mashed potatoes, you might want to lighten things up with vegan fare. Food experts Bryant Terry and Frederick Douglass Opie share some ideas.


Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God 
  Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:52:23 -0400 
    Author Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her work on poverty and other social issues. But her latest book, Living with a Wild God, reveals how she became an atheist.


In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine 
  Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:59:00 -0400 
    The new Time Traveler's Almanac is a vast collection of chronological chronicles. Co-editor Ann VanderMeer says she was surprised to find that most time travelers just want to fix their love lives.


Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace' 
  Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:45:00 -0400 
    At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.


A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen 
  Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:37:00 -0400 
    Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
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