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NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

Monday, April 14, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.

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Last Book Club Meeting: 'Grapes Of Wrath' Turns 75. Let's Discuss.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jamaica Kincaid on James Baldwin: "Love is Something You Do"

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Every African-American household ought to have a complete collection of James Baldwin's work," says the author Jamaica Kincaid. In what would be his 90th year, Baldwin is being recognized for his lasting impact as a writer and activist. Kincaid talks about the year-long celebration.

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Fresh Air

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction

Monday, April 14, 2014

A new film starring Kristen Wiig adapts an Alice Munro short story, filling in huge swaths of negative space that Munro left. But surprisingly, in telling more of the story, the film loses something.

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Book News: 'Captain Underpants' Is 2013's Most Vilified Book

Monday, April 14, 2014

Also: Sue Townsend was writing another Adrian Mole novel at the time of her death; the best books coming out this week.

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Morning Edition

'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Genes, Going Hungry, and John Turturro as a Gigolo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Find out how our lives shape our genes and how our genes shape our lives. Adam Begley discusses the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike. Our Strapped series continues with a look at the connection between poverty and food insecurity, hunger and obesity. John Turturro talks about writing, directing and starring in “Fading Gigolo.”

 

The Leonard Lopate Show

John Updike's Life and Writing

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Updike is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature. Adam Begley talks about his biography of the Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work. Updike explores how Updike’s fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life—including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the “adulterous society” he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples.

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All Things Considered

What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like

Sunday, April 13, 2014

American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."

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Characters Try On Different Cultures In 'Other Language'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Francesca Marciano about her new book, The Other Language, a collection of stories about characters experiencing new cultures and taking on new identities.

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Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Judy Greer about the pitfalls of semi-celebrity, as depicted in her new memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From.

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Book Of War Photos Is 'Testament' To Slain Journalist's Work

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Three years ago, photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed in Libya. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jonathan Klein, co-founder of Getty Images, about a new book of Hondros' searing photographs.

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What Will Be The Next 'Game Of Thrones?' We've Got Some Ideas

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Epic fantasy fans rejoice: Game of Thrones is back on TV. But the series won't last forever — so K. Tempest Bradford has a few suggestions for cable executives looking for their next big hit.

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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nonfiction shelves are full of memoirs by people who can't actually write. They're brought to you by authors who suppress their own ego to write in a famous voice — in exchange for a hefty check.

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Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.

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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.

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Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.

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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries

Saturday, April 12, 2014

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.

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All Things Considered

Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

Friday, April 11, 2014

This week saw celebrations of the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and revelation of the ZunZuneo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.

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