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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.

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Morning Edition

Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Just Because It's on the Internet Doesn't Make It True

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are you messaging a fake dating profile? Are you being scammed? Here's how to identify and avoid the trickery that’s so prevalent online.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Scandalous History of Proper English

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How language “mistakes” have come to be accepted as correct—or not.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

You Can't Believe Everything You Read, on the Internet or by Joan Rivers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charles Seife on deception online, Francisco Goldman on Mexico City, and an inside look at the life of Joan Rivers.

The Leonard Lopate Show

An Inside Look at the Hidden Stories of Mexico City

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The changing politics and culture of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities—Mexico City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sticking Up For Teachers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A former teacher returns to the classroom and offers a rousing defense of his beleaguered vocation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

When Leaning In Means Falling Short

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three women argue that the contemporary “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy is depoliticizing politics, labor issues, and economics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Political Extremes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

John Avlon discusses today's political climate of hyper-partisanship.

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The Takeaway

The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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The Takeaway

When The White House Burned

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

About 200 years ago, British troops burned the White House in the midst of the War of 1812. Here, a British author commemorates the event—and its aftermath. 

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bringing to Light: A Cancer Treatment Cover Up, Arab Art, Modern Feminism

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A whistle-blower at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A look at the obstacles and challenges teachers face every day. “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum. The feminist movement.

New Tech City

How to Be Smarter than Facebook

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that when they build you new gadgets and websites. But if you are wise to their tactics, you can drive your habits, not them.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Fast-Food's Future, Zombie Children's Books, and The White House Burning

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today The Takeaway looks at the Burger King/Tim Hortons deal, diversity in children's books, and a historic look back to when the British burned down the White House.

All Things Considered

Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decades-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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