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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 29, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 29, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

No Easy Day, at No. 10, provides a firsthand account of the Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 29, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

At No. 10, Dan Brown's Inferno features Robert Langdon grappling with a riddle tied to Dante's masterpiece.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Euphoria, a Novel Based on Margaret Mead's Life

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lily King discusses her new novel, Euphoria. It's about three young anthropologists of the1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives, and was inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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Selected Shorts

Re-Brand a Super Hero

Friday, May 30, 2014

This reading by Chip Kidd of Larry Doyle’s “ReBoot Me” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Heroes and Villains,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nurturing Growth and Surviving War

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gerard Lordahl from GrowNYC will be sharing his tips on how to make your garden grow this summer. Then, Sebastian Junger talks about “Korengal.” It’s the follow-up to his Oscar-winning documentary “Restrepo,” a close look at the war in Afghanistan. Lily King discusses her new novel, Euphoria. And this week’s Please Explain is all about allergies and why so many people are feeling their effects these days.

Selected Shorts

From Mousy to Moth Goddess

Friday, May 30, 2014

This reading by Aya Cash of an excerpt from Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Heroes and Villains,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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Soundcheck

Hauschka Plays Live; Summer Songs; The Origins Of Twee Culture

Friday, May 30, 2014

In this episode: Hauschka's hypnotic music blends electronics with the rhythmic, percussive sounds of prepared piano, using normal household items. The German composer's latest album, Abandoned City, explores the phenomenon of abandoned cities and ghost towns around the world. Hear the inventive prepared pianist transform the instrument in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: All week, Soundcheck has been asking listeners and readers to give us their favorite summer song. We got so many great ones, we created our Ultimate Summer Mix, a giant Spotify playlist of seasonal classics and unsung gems that will be the perfect soundtrack for your barbecues, beaches, and roadtrips all summer long.

And: Calling something "indie" can be divisive, and categorizing a musician as "twee" can be an accusation. But veteran music writer Marc Spitz has happily compiled the ultimate guide to twee culture in his new book, Twee. Spitz unites Walt Disney, Pitchfork, and the soft strums of Zoey Deschanel's ukulele as examples of a "gentle revolution" in his extensive history of twee music, books, and pop culture.

 

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Selected Shorts

Silence is Consent

Friday, May 30, 2014

This reading by David Strathairn of John Biguenet’s “I am Not a Jew” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Heroes and Villains,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Heroes and Villains

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bam! Pow! Host Hope Davis offers up tales of super heroes, including Luna Moth — a mousy librarian's seductive, dangerous alter-ego in Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Story Behind Baseball's Ugliest Brawl

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It started when a fight broke out between Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Dodgers catcher John Roseboro. And it had its roots in the racial prejudices against blacks and Latinos both men faced.

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Morning Edition

Authors Angered Over Amazon's Dispute With Publisher Hachette

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Amazon wants better terms for print and e-books and is refusing pre-orders for upcoming Hachette books, and slowing delivery for those already ordered. Authors are complaining on the Internet.

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Morning Edition

Library Of Congress Searches For Missing Jefferson Books

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Staffers at the Library of Congress have been looking for 250 books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. He gave these books and several thousand more to start the library more than 200 years ago.

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Soundcheck

Jill Sobule And Her Literary Friends Craft A Charming Song-Cycle

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jill Sobule's new album, Dottie's Charms, features songs written by literary superheroes like Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, and David Hadju. Hear the singer-songwriter perform selections from the record in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

War and Gold

Thursday, May 29, 2014

War-waging and financial debt have long been intertwined, and Kwasi Kwarteng looks at the history from the French Revolution to the emergence of modern-day China.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gold and War, Baseball's Brawl, Aladdin on Stage

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On today’s show: Kwasi Kwarteng tells the story of how our obsession with gold has long been intertwined with war. We take a look at how racial tensions spilled onto the baseball field in 1965, when Juan Marichal and John Roseboro fought during a game between the Giants and the Dodgers. James Monroe Iglehart talks about his Tony-nominated role as the Genie in “Aladdin,” along with by Thomas Schumacher, one of the musical’s producers.

All Things Considered

Maya Angelou Reads 'Still I Rise'

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Author and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. In a recording, Angelou reads her poem "Still I Rise."

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All Things Considered

Burton Calls On 'Star Trek' Fans To Bring 'Reading Rainbow' To The Next Generation

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009, but the show's host, LeVar Burton, is raising money for an interactive website — and offering some pledge rewards that make NPR tote bags pale in comparison.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lance Armstrong's 'Lieutenant' on Biking and Doping

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

George Hincapie — 17-time Tour de France participant, 5-time Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case — talks about his career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Maya Angelou With Poets Nikki Giovanni & Kwame Dawes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Angelou, the renowned and beloved poet and activist, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her friend Nikki Giovanni, a poet, commentator and activist, and Kwame Dawes, a poet and a professor, reflect on Angelou's life and legacy.

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