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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:19:48 -0400 
    Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.

'Aurora' Journeys In A New Direction 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Veteran sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a tale of that classic genre trope, the generation ship. Critic Alan Cheuse says this story of spacefaring colonists goes to unexpected places.

'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop Culture 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Robert Brockway's day job is helping to run, and he brings that site's irreverent wit to this lightweight but satisfying tale of a waitress and a punk rocker battling eldritch horrors.

'Vendetta' Recalls The Ruthless Rivalry Between Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa 
  Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:20:00 -0400 
    NPR's Robert Siegel talks with James Neff about his new book Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa.

The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System 
  Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:01:00 -0400 
    "Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.

Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding 
  Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 -0400 
    Summer and suspense fiction go together like the Fourth of July and firecrackers. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends four books that are deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 2, 2015 
  Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:42:48 -0400 
    The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:29:00 -0400 
    Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.

From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:08:32 -0400 
    It's an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.

From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:12:00 -0400 
    Initially, the CIA was suspicious of Soviet aviation expert Adolf Tolkachev. But he earned the agency's trust — and provided blueprints, documents and plans that were crucial to the U.S.

Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    Reviewer Juan Vidal has had the debut album by Texas soul crooner Leon Bridges on heavy rotation, and it's making him think of parallels with James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain.

In 'Playing Scared' Pianist Grows Less Frightened Of Stage Fright 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:10:00 -0400 
    Performance anxiety kept journalist Sara Solovitch away from the piano for several decades. Then one day she decided to search for the key to putting her back in tune with her performance side.

If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:04:58 -0400 
    As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.

An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:40:00 -0400 
    Carolina De Robertis' novel Gods of Tango features a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.

Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life' 
  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:52:00 -0400 
    Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.
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