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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

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.

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.

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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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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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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'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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making the Most of Summer Fruit, Making a Documentary about Photographer Dorothea Lange

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Melissa Clark talks summer fruit. What makes Honda tick. A documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange. A lawsuit over the Fukushima disaster.

The Leonard Lopate Show

What Makes Honda's Engine Roar

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honda prefers decentralization over corporate control, simplicity over complexity, and experimentation over efficiency, which sets it apart from Toyota and other competitors.

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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

Monday, August 25, 2014

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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Morning Edition

Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

Monday, August 25, 2014

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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All Things Considered

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

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