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An Invasion Of Intimacy, And The Song That Followed

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society's relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BASE jumping pioneer Carl Boenish became famous for jumping with his wife Jean in the 1970s and '80s. Marah Strauch, director of the documentary, says "this felt like a love story to me."

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Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Producer Rebecca Hersher is just back from a monthlong reporting trip to Afghanistan. She talks to host Arun Rath about her experience.

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Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ribeiro will take over as host for the 26th season of America's Funniest Home Videos in the fall. He says he'll add his energy and flavor, but "the videos are truly the stars of this show."

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Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.

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Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A discrimination complaint against Harvard has renewed focus on the fairness of admissions decisions. The process must be rational, says counselor and blogger Jim Jump, but it's not often fair.

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Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.

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Delivering Tragic News — And Becoming 'Part Of The Family'

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On Memorial Day weekend, we hear from Leslie Hurd, of the U.S. Navy, who recalls having to inform a mother that her son had committed suicide. "You're there to take care of the family," Hurd says.

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'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.

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The Protest Song Is Not Dead

Friday, May 22, 2015

The era of the protest song might seem gone, but NPR Music host Jason King has curated a 100-hour-long playlist of R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop protest music that spans decades (including this one).

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The Exquisite Dissonance Of Kehinde Wiley

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Brooklyn Museum's mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.

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Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

Friday, May 22, 2015

NPR's go-to books guru has sent Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.

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Debate: Is Smart Technology Making Us Dumb?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Are we smarter now that technology has put a lot more than a slide rule into our pockets? Experts take sides on the impact of technology in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the site wants to encourage a variety of views, within limits. "It's not our site's goal to be a completely free-speech platform. We want to be a safe platform," she says.

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In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.

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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.

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Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book examines a dark chapter in American history: the Cherokee Trail of Tears and the chief who used the tools of democracy to try to protect his people.

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