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In the Light of What We Know, a Novel by Zia Haider Rahman

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Zia Haider Rahman discusses her debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of this century. One September morning in 2008, an investment banker whose career and marriage are collapsing receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

We Read Seven Thomas Piketty Think-Pieces For You

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Seemingly everyone has an opinion about French economist Thomas Piketty and his new book describing the rise of inequality. We read them for you, then talked about them on the radio.

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Playwright Pearl Cleage Opens Up

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Many people keep their own youthful experiences with drugs and sex secret from their kids. Not author and activist Pearl Cleage. She talks about her new memoir Things I Should Have Told My Daughter.

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Book News: Newly Found Stories By Celebrated Sci-Fi Author To Be Published

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Also: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day; Junot Diaz on the unbearable whiteness of most MFA programs.

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Return Of A Classic Romance: 'The Windflower' Sails Again

Thursday, May 01, 2014

For years, scarce copies of Laura London's 1984 romance The Windflower were treasured by readers. Reviewer Sarah Wendell hails its reissue and explains the concept of "Good Book Noise."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A 'Rose By Any Other Name' DOES Smell As Sweet

Thursday, May 01, 2014

John McWhorter, Columbia linguistics professor, New Republic contributing editor, Time columnist and the author of The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language (Oxford University Press, USA, 2014) argues against the view that language shapes how we perceive or interact with the world, plus discusses the politics news this week.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Pursuit of Happiness: Arianna Huffington and Tony Shalhoub

Thursday, May 01, 2014

On today’s show: Arianna Huffington talks about how we often sacrifice our well-being in pursuit of money and power—and what we can do to rebalance our lives. Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana discuss playing Moss Hart in the play “Act One,” which was just nominated for five Tonys. Zia Haider Rahman talks about his debut novel, In The Light of What We Know.

NYPR Archives & Preservation

Memoirist and Romance Novelist Fannie Hurst

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Largely forgotten today, Fannie Hurst was for many years one of the most highly paid and widely read novelists of her time. Anatomy of Me is Hurst's just-published autobiography, which she discusses at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Forgiveness: How-To

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mpho Tutu, minister and co-author, with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World offers a step-by-step guide to truth and reconciliation in our lives: tell the story, name the hurt, forgive, and renew or release the relationship.

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The Takeaway

Inside The Secret History of Invisible Ink

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The history of invisible ink is filled with secret messages. Author Kristie Macrakis explains why invisible ink continues to mark the pages of history, fueling torrid affairs, world wars, and every kid's imagination. 

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Studio 360

Our Favorite Poem For National Poetry Month Came From a First Grader

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

And like a good little New Yorker, it's all about music, dancing, and personal space.

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Book News: 'Gravity' Author Sues Warner Bros. Over Movie

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Adam Johnson on the weirdness of visiting North Korea; Ahmed Saadawi wins the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction; Daniel José Older on the overwhelming whiteness of the publishing industry.

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McSweeney's New Latin American Crime Fiction Is Caliente

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Issue 46 of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern showcases crime fiction from all over Latin America, with new stories from writers like Alejandro Zambra. Reviewer Juan Vidal calls it rousing and essential.

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Soundcheck

Bert Berns, Writer Of Massive Rock Classics, Gets His Moment In The Spotlight

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bert Berns wrote dozens of chart-placing classic songs, covered by everyone from The Beatles to Janice Joplin. But he died very young, and his story remained largely untold until Joel Selvin's new biography Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns And The Dirty Business Of Rhythm And Blues

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Soundcheck

Spring Cleaning For The Music Set; Here Comes The Night; Moon Taxi Plays Live

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In this episode: Have you ever pondered how to clean a record player? How to de-grossify your headphones? How to launder and preserve your favorite threadbare cotton t-shirt from 1984? Well, so have we... so we asked Jolie Kerr -- the author of the blog Ask A Clean Person and the book My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha -- to answer some of our most pressing music-related cleaning questions.

Then: Before he died of a heart attack at age 38, songwriter and producer Bert Berns gave us timeless R&B songs like “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart” and “I Want Candy.” He also played a key role at Atlantic Records and released early hits by Van Morrison and Neil Diamond on his own label, Bang. Now, Berns’ story is finally being told in a new book by Joel Selvin, Here Comes The Night, which takes its name from one of Berns' songs.

And: The young Nashville five-piece Moon Taxi melds progressive rock structures with jam-band-like breakouts and soaring melodies. Hear the band play songs from its 2013 record, Mountains Beaches Cities, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

Inmate Dies After Botched Execution | Amid Votes, Violence Marks Iraqi Election | This Is Where: 'I am Just Feet in the Sand'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution | Amid Votes, Violence Marks Iraqi Election | In Fight for Equality, Sterling's Ban is a Drop in the Bucket | U.S. Economy Stalls in First Quarter | This Is Where: 'I am Just Feet in the Sand' | SCOTUS Hands Major Victory to ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Pulitzer for Poetry

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This segment originally aired live on April 30, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on May 26th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

We conclude National Poetry Month with the author of this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection 3 SectionsBrooklyn poet and professor at Sarah Lawrence College, Vijay Seshadri, reads and talks about his poetry (and his life in cities starting in "B" - Bangalore, Brooklyn and Bronxville).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Sporting Life: Pete Rose, Sports Mascots, and the 86 Mets Mookie Wilson

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Dining Section columnist Melissa Clark shares her ideas for making a dinner from scratch after you get home from a long day at work! It’s been 25 years since Pete Rose was banned from baseball, and Sports Illustrated's Kostya Kennedy asks whether the man with the most base hits in the game’s history belongs in the Hall of Fame. AJ Mass, who’s a former Mr. Met, takes us into the sweaty world of sports mascots. And the legendary Mookie Wilson looks back at the 1986 World Series and what it was like being part of the Amazin’ Mets.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“You’re in the costume and you’re kind of getting all this Justin Bieber-esque attention, like everyone wants to take their picture with you. And everybody’s coming at you. And it’s kind of like a drug. It’s an adrenaline surge.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mookie Wilson on Life, Baseball, and the 1986 Mets

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson talks about being part of the Mets 1986 World Series Victory.

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