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The New Yorker: Poetry

Anna McDonald reads Kathleen Graber

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anna McDonald reads Kathleen Graber

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Soundcheck

Dylanologists: A Lifetime Of Studying Bob

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney recently delved into the world of the Dylan super-fan, and wrote about it in a new book called The Dylanologists: Adventures In The Land Of Bob. Kinney talks about some of the standout characters that he interacted with while working on this project -- and why Dylan attracts such an intense brand of fan. 

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All Things Considered

40 Years After Watergate, A Look Back At Nixon's Downfall

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.

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Fresh Air

How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.

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Fresh Air

'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.

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Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"Everyone must leave something behind," the author once wrote. Also: Philip Roth retires from sandwich eating. And Jane Fonda is writing a novel.

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Remembering Two Lives: Which Are The 'Real' Children?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In Jo Walton's elegant, heartbreaking new novel, an elderly woman remembers two distinct lives and families, in parallel timelines splitting off from one crucial decision: to marry, or not to marry?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Flowers Have Sex and Other Secrets of Plants

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Understanding the basics of botany will help you be a better gardener—or at least keep you from killing your house plants.

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Soundcheck

Bob Dylan Uber Fans, 'The Dylanologists'; Diego Garcia Plays Live

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In this episode: Writer David Kinney spent several years following obsessive fans of Bob Dylan for his new book, The Dylanologists. Kinney tells Soundcheck about these uber-fans’ quests -- moving, sad, entertaining -- to decipher the Sphinx of American songwriting.

Then: Diego Garcia led the indie-rock band Elefant for many years before striking out on his own. Hear the Argentine-American singer-songwrite perform his languid, dreamy indie pop songs from Paradise and more in the Soundcheck studio.

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Fresh Air

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure.

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The Takeaway

Adventures in the World of Bob

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In "The Dylanologists," Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney looks at Bob Dylan’s cult following, and how the musician has shaped the identities of countless Americans.

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'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Merriam-Webster has added 150 words to its Collegiate Dictionary, but it forgot to include the "p" in its pronunciation guide to "Yooper" — a term describing people from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Book News: Politician's Story Of Growing Up Poor Wins Ondaatje Prize

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Also: Freegan, crowdfunding are added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; Joshua Ferris talks to The Paris Review about the difficulty of naming characters.

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A 'Great Day At Sea' For A Brit Aboard An American Carrier

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Geoff Dyer's entertainingly cranky new book chronicles the two weeks he spent as a writer-in-residence aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, amid the buzzing activity of an aircraft carrier on the job.

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Morning Edition

'Third Plate' Reimagines Farm-To-Table Eating To Nourish The Land

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to Dan Barber about his new book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. Barber advocates eating a wider variety of foods that better support the land.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Silicon Valley and the NSA, and Marisa Tomei

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency, looking into how the government and tech companies are working together to gather and warehouse your data. Caroline Clarke, who was born in an era when adoptions were kept a secret, tells about her journey to find her birth mother. And Marisa Tomei discusses her role in “The Realistic Joneses” on Broadway, along with playwright Will Eno.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for a Birth Mother

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A journalist searches for her birth mother and discovers that she's Nat King Cole's granddaughter.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'Abide'

Monday, May 19, 2014

Poet Tess Taylor reviews the posthomously published poetry collection Abide, by Jake Adam York.

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All Things Considered

The Winding Stories Of A Quintessential American Spy

Monday, May 19, 2014

Among his colleagues at the CIA, Robert Ames was considered the quintessential spy. Integral in the Oslo Peace Accords, the late secret agent is now the subject of Kai Bird's book, The Good Spy.

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Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has added more than 150 terms this year, including many from technology. This shows that dictionary editors are becoming more aggressive about reflecting common speech.

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