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The Leonard Lopate Show

Grappling with Mortality and the Rising Sea Level in Ben Lerner's Novel 10:04

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Ben Lerner's new novel picks up where his acclaimed previous novel, Leaving Atocha Station, left off.

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Fresh Air

A Lesson In How Teachers Became 'Resented And Idealized'

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein chronicles the history of the profession and current topics like tenure. She says the idea that teachers can help fight poverty has existed since the 19th century.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

'Man on Wire' Star Schools Us on the Keys to Creativity

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Creativity isn't always a high wire act. The beloved Philippe Petit shares with us new and unconventional ways of going about any endeavor—from the artistic to the everyday.

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There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.

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Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Also: the man who dug through John Updike's trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.

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Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Be More Creative, Raise Bees and Have a Healthier Yard

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A call for more profit-sharing and employee-owned companies. Philippe Petit on creativity. An urban beekeeper shares tips. The environmental hazards of using pesticides on your lawn!

The Brian Lehrer Show

Novel Take on Newspapers

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A New York Times sports columnist's first novel takes place in a topsy-turvy newspaper world of the 1990s.

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All Things Considered

Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

Monday, September 01, 2014

The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.

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For Anniversary, A New Chapter Of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

Monday, September 01, 2014

The chapter describes the Vanilla Fudge Room, an extra room in the chocolate factory. In it, Charlie Bucket goes to the factory with his mother – not his grandfather. The book turns 50 this month.

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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

Monday, September 01, 2014

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

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Morning Edition

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

Monday, September 01, 2014

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tales from a Trauma Surgeon: From War Zones to Inner City America, to Saving the Life of Gabby Giffords

Monday, September 01, 2014

The doctor credited with saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in 2011 talks about working as a surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in inner-city LA and Washington, DC.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The One Billion Who Live on a Dollar a Day

Monday, September 01, 2014

What it's like to be among the poorest of the poor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Structural Engineers Who Keep Our Buildings Up, and Other Invisible Professionals

Monday, September 01, 2014

Fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, structural engineers. In an age of constant self-promotion, anonymous work remains integral to public successes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invisible By Poverty and Invisible By Profession

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Robert's Court and the Constitution. Bringing the stories of the world's poorest to light. War stories from a trauma surgeon. The hidden world of invisible professionals.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lasting Impact of the Roberts Court and the Changing Interpretations of the Constitution

Monday, September 01, 2014

Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe looks at how the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and examines the court’s recent rulings.

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All Things Considered

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Sunday, August 31, 2014

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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