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Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Monday, May 04, 2015

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.

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All Things Considered

With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.

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Demystifying The Art World In 'Playing To The Gallery'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Have you ever stared at a piece of art and thought, I just don't get it? Artist Grayson Perry gives NPR's Rachel Martin the answers to questions about art that some are too embarrassed to ask.

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All Things Considered

Author Hopes Holocaust-Themed Picture Book Will Prompt Conversations

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Jane Yolen's latest is a children's book about a family trying to survive the Holocaust in France. "I consider Stone Angel a kind of starting place for parents to talk to their kids," she says.

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All Things Considered

John Lydon: The Foul-Mouthed Yob Sets The Record Straight

Saturday, May 02, 2015

"After reading so much rubbish written about me over the years, it became obvious that I had to just tell it like it is," Lydon tells NPR's Arun Rath. Lydon just wrote his memoir, Anger Is An Energy.

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'Outsider Baseball': Tells Tales Of Obscure Baseball Characters

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Gary Cieradkowski's new book is an illustrated compendium of baseball's forgotten characters. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about The League of Outsider Baseball.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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Fresh Air

Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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All Things Considered

Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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Morning Edition

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

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All Things Considered

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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'Save Us, Save Us': A Poem For The Migrants Lost At Sea

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon's "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford."

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It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.

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All Things Considered

Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

Friday, April 24, 2015

James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.

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Fresh Air

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Friday, April 24, 2015

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Morning Edition

Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.

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Fresh Air

After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.

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Morning Edition

No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."

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