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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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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Fresh Air

Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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Morning Edition

Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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All Things Considered

'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.

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Morning Edition

China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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Fresh Air

'Displacement': The Frustrations, Fears And Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

When Lucy Knisley agreed to go on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents, she didn't know she'd spend 10 days basically keeping them alive. She writes about it in her new cartoon memoir.

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Fresh Air

The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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Morning Edition

April Marks The Centennial Of Armenian Genocide

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Some countries, including the U.S., have yet to fully and formally recognize the event. Steve Inskeep revisits history with Eugene Rogan, author of The Fall of the Ottomans.

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Fresh Air

Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As jurors deliberate whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

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Morning Edition

Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties and the pressures of being on the road.

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Fresh Air

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Monday, April 06, 2015

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

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All Things Considered

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

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Candace Bergen On Marriage, Death And Murphy Brown's Demons

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In her latest memoir, Candice Bergen writes about coping with her husband's death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Bergen about how that experience changed her relationship with her daughter.

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Brattling After The Pacifire: 'That Should Be A Word'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Kinnovator, Fidgital, Bangst. This isn't gibberish. It's the language of Lizzie Skurnick. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Skurnick about her new book, That Should Be a Word.

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Making Sense Of Murder In 'Visiting Hours'

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In college, Amy Butcher found herself on the periphery of a murder. The incident haunted her for years. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Butcher about her debut memoir, Visiting Hours.

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All Things Considered

Florida Teen, War Criminal: The Life Of An 'American Warlord'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Johnny Dwyer's new book explores the life of Chuckie Taylor: the son of Liberia's former president, a leader in the Liberian Civil War and the only American ever convicted of torture committed abroad.

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Just 'Between You & Me,' Here Are Some Handy Grammar Tips

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Mary Norris has been a copy editor at The New Yorker since 1978. She dispenses some of the collected grammatical wisdom of those decades in a new book, Between You & Me (and it is "me," not "I").

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All Things Considered

Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

Friday, April 03, 2015

Comics posing as chefs have written a book with sensational recipes and explanations of essential tools like the "spankler." It's designed to "spank the food if it does anything wrong."

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Fresh Air

Mantel Takes Up Betrayal, Beheadings In 'Bodies'

Friday, April 03, 2015

Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, first for her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, and also for its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. She discusses the books with Terry Gross.

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Morning Edition

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Friday, April 03, 2015

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.

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