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It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.

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The Bending Of Time And The Elasticity Of 'X-Men'

Saturday, May 24, 2014

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is a time-travel movie, but not only because of its plot. It's also an experiment in how to continue a franchise without the potential complications of starting over.

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A Woman Of Action Finds Freedom In The Outback In 'Untold'

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Untold is a fictionalized account of Jessie Hickman's life, a real-life outlaw on the run in the Australian outback. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Collins about her debut novel.

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Before She Was 'Girl, Interrupted' She Was A Girl From Cambridge

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Two decades after Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen is back with Cambridge, an unflinching, elegiac, quasi-autobiographical novel that takes us back to her childhood in the 1950s.

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All Things Considered

A Look At India's New Leader, Through The Lens Of Literature

Friday, May 23, 2014

Narendra Modi is a Hindu nationalist and political outsider who won India's election in a landslide. To understand India's political history, author Akash Kapur recommends a book by V.S. Naipaul.

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Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says

Friday, May 23, 2014

The U.K.-based newspaper says the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a treatise on income inequality, may have gotten some of his data wrong.

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Kate DiCamillo's Picks For Summer Treehouse Reading

Friday, May 23, 2014

The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux shares her summer book recommendations for young readers ages 8-13.

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Selected Shorts

Eve Has the Last Word

Friday, May 23, 2014

This reading by Joanna Gleason of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “She Unnames Them,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “The Stories of Alice Munro: Daughter and Father,” hosted by Hope Davis.

 

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Selected Shorts

Family Orbits

Friday, May 23, 2014

This reading by Holly Hunter of Alice Munro’s “The Moons of Jupiter” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “The Stories of Alice Munro: Daughter and Father,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

Friday, May 23, 2014

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remembering Those We Lost

Friday, May 23, 2014

Joanne Steen, adviser on line of duty loss and author of Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), takes calls on your Memorial Day tributes as the era of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan comes to a close.

Listeners, give us a call at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below to honor the men and women you know who were killed as a result of these wars: whether they were serving in the armed forces, working as a contractor in the region, or took his or her own life as a veteran of these two wars. And, if you knew an Iraqi or Afghan civilian who died during one of the wars, give us a call or leave your tribute in the comments.

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The Takeaway

What Putin Can Learn from 'War and Peace'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The author of “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Trouble Times” explains why now more than ever, Vladimir Putin should be reading Russia’s most famous literary masterpiece.

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TED Radio Hour

Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Friday, May 23, 2014

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

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Soundcheck

Andrew W.K. On 'I Get Wet'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The explosive 2001 album I Get Wet is now considered a party rock classic. Andrew W.K. and author Phillip Crandall, author of the recent 33 1/3 book, reflect on the album's staying power.

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Money Talking

Business Book Club: Climate Change, Buyouts & the Koch Brothers

Friday, May 23, 2014

Money Talking host Charlie Herman and regular contributors Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar with Time magazine have a discussion about the business books they're reading this Memorial Day weekend.

Charlie Herman is reading Barbarians at the ...

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Electric Chairs, Marijuana, and 'War and Peace'

Friday, May 23, 2014

FBI, DEA Now Required to Videotape Interrogations | Rolling Back The Clock on Capital Punishment | Why Native American Reservations Could be Next to Legalize Marijuana | In Colorado, High Art Gets a Little Higher | New Movie Releases of the Week | Don Johnson: From 'Miami Vice' to the Silver ...

Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: The Stories of Alice Munro — Daughter and Father

Friday, May 23, 2014

Holly Hunter performs Munro's "The Moons of Jupiter," and in a story from Ursula K. Le Guin, Eve makes a few changes in Eden.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Writer Edmund White's Fifteen Years in Paris

Friday, May 23, 2014

He moved from New York City to Paris in 1983, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, without knowing French.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Murder, Madness, Tyranny, and Perversion in Ancient Rome

Friday, May 23, 2014

Classical historian James Romm tells the juicy story of Seneca, a famous writer and philosopher in ancient Rome who was appointed as tutor to 12-year-old Nero, the future emperor of Rome.

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