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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Monday, April 07, 2014

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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Fresh Air

If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Monday, April 07, 2014

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

Monday, April 07, 2014

Also: Tracy Chevalier will write a novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello; the best books coming out this week.

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WNYC News

An Iconic Murder Helped Create the 911 System

Monday, April 07, 2014

In 1964, The New York Times reported that 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was murdered outside her apartment while dozens of her neighbors did nothing. The real story was a little more complicated. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reporting from Afghanistan; What Animals Think; Parenthood and Poverty; Emma Donoghue's New Novel

Monday, April 07, 2014

New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall talks about reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the months after 9/11 and a war fought by American leaders who barely understood their enemy. We’ll find out what the latest scientific research reveals about how smart some animals are. Our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America looks at mothers and fathers living in poverty in inner cities. Emma Donoghue talks about her latest novel, Frog Music.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Wall Street and Washington

Monday, April 07, 2014

Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker and author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power (Nation Books, 2014), looks back over the last century at the "symbiotic" relationship between American presidents and the banks.

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Here's The Thing

Judd Apatow and Eric Fischl

Monday, April 07, 2014

Two very different artists, a painter and a movie director, have drawn from their childhoods and family life for inspiration--to very different ends.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frog Music, a Novel by Emma Donoghue

Monday, April 07, 2014

Emma Donoghue talks about her novel Frog Music, which tells the story of Blanche Beunon, a French burlesque dancer in mid-19th century San Francisco who risks everything to bring to justice the murderer of her friend Jenny.

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All Things Considered

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Saturday, April 05, 2014

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Book Club: 'Friendship'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"Friendship" is the new novel from author Emily Gould. This book has been selected as the sixth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Book Club: 'The Book of Unknown Americans'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"The Book of Unknown Americans" is the latest novel from author Cristina Henriquez. This book has been selected as the fifth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Friday, April 04, 2014

Alfie Kohn says "no persuasive reason exists to hold permissiveness responsible" for entitled children. Read an excerpt from his book The Myth of the Spoiled Child here — and let us know what you think. 

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