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Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World' 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:27 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.


'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:00 -0400 
    Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.


Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:21:00 -0400 
    Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."


Culinary Siblings Give Pasta A Healthy Makeover 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:05 -0400 
    In a low-carb world, pasta has issues. But it's poised for a comeback, say Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who talk with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about their cookbook, Healthy Pasta.


At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment' 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400 
    Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.


From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise 
  Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:32:00 -0400 
    Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.


Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago 
  Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).


Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy' 
  Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:40:00 -0400 
    The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."


How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage' 
  Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:46:11 -0400 
    Bryan Burrough's new book describes the Weather Underground and other militant groups' tactics to protest the government. He interviews former radicals who had never gone on the record before.


From Harpies To Heroines: How Shakespeare's Women Evolved 
  Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:50:00 -0400 
    In her new book Women of Will, Tina Packer traces Shakespeare's maturation — and, she argues, the corresponding transformation of his female characters from caricatures to fully-realized humans.


In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story 
  Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:19:35 -0400 
    Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.


Adventures In Vietnam — Street Food, Love And Taking Chances 
  Sun, 12 Apr 2015 05:27:00 -0400 
    Journalist Graham Holliday moved to Vietnam in the '90s and immersed himself in the culture through food. That meant getting "a little bit" poisoned, finding the best Bún chả — and meeting his wife.


A Dark, Funny — And Vietnamese — Look At The Vietnam War 
  Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:08:00 -0400 
    Viet Thanh Nguyen grew up in America with war movies like Apocalypse Now and Platoon, which offer accounts of the war focusing on Americans. His new novel, The Sympathizer, follows a Vietnamese spy.


How Jim Grimsley Shed His 'Racist' Skin 
  Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:38:00 -0400 
    In 1966, Jim Grimsley's North Carolina school was integrated. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Grimsley and one of his first black classmates, Donnie Meadows, about Grimsley's book, How I Shed My Skin.


'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon 
  Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:17:00 -0400 
    Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.
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