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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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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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Fresh Air

'Fresh Air' Remembers Poet And Memoirist Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In 1986, Angelou spoke to Terry Gross about Southern influences in her writing, her love of autobiography and how, as a traumatized young girl, poetry inspired her to start speaking again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bringing "Street Lit" In the House

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, rapper with the Hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of the Akashic imprint Infamous Books, aimed at bringing the crossover appeal of urban music to urban fiction. The authors of the new Infamous Books Swing (Infamous Books, 2014) by Miasha and Black Lotus (Infamous Books, 2014) by K’wan talk about the business of "street lit" and this imprint that brings it into the independent publishing world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remembering Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou - poet, writer, activist - died on May 28, 2014. She was 86 years old. Follow the link below to listen to an interview with Dr. Angelou on the show in April 2013. We're also collecting your thoughts, tributes, and favorite passages in the comments.

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On The Media

Amazon Says It is Delaying Your Book Orders To Better Serve You

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Of all the ways to defend its tactics in its battle with the publisher Hachette, framing them as customer service feels like the least convincing one.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The retailer has been in a spat with the publisher Hachette. Also: Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is writing an adaptation of Hamlet; Hillary Clinton released the "author's note" to her memoir.

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Morning Edition

Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.

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'Gottland': A Short Book About Stalin's Long Shadow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Polish journalist Mariusz Szczygieł's compilation of short vignettes about Czechoslovakia centers on Prague's infamous Stalin monument, a giant edifice that lingers despite its destruction in 1962.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cycling, Doping, and Designing Dresses

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

American cyclist “Big George” Hincapie talks about competing in the Tour de France a record 17 times, cycling in the Olympics, and his role in the Lance Armstrong doping case. Con Coughlin discusses Winston Churchill’s early military career. Curators Harold Koda and Jan Reeder talk about the exhibit “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And our “word maven” Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the idiosyncrasies of the English language.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Universal and Infamous

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

With one thousand teachers to hire this summer, NYC deputy mayor for strategic initiatives Richard Buery talks about the roll-out of universal pre-K at a breakfast forum moderated by Brian and Erik Engquist of Crain's New York Business. Plus, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson on his Akashic Books imprint Infamous Books is joined by two Infamous authors to discuss the business of "street lit" and what working with an independent publisher means for the genre.

 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Churchill's First War

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign offers revealing parallels into today's war in Afghanistan.

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All Things Considered

McMurtry Takes Aim At A Legend In 'Last Kind Words Saloon'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Video: Jane Austen and George Eliot Changed Adelle Waldman's Life

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., talked about some favorite books and why Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater blew her away.

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All Things Considered

'Financial Times' Picks Apart Picketty, Sparking An Argument

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Is the story of rising inequality presented by Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century an exaggeration? A Financial Times editor said as much recently. Now, the argument has begun.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

'Eat, Pray, Love' for Depressed Shut-ins

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

That's how Colson Whitehead describes his new book, in which he searches for meaning at high-stakes poker tables.

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Fresh Air

China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

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