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Haunted by a Bad Choice

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by Cynthia Nixon of Sherman Alexie’s confessional tale “Scenes from a Life,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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Selected Shorts

My Wife is a Cloud

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by Kirsten Vangsness of Joe Meno’s whimsical love story “People are Becoming Clouds” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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Selected Shorts

A Test of Married Love

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by Amber Tamblyn of Sherman Alexie’s “The Vow,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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Selected Shorts

Steamy and Stormy

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by guest host Jane Curtin, of Kate Chopin’s provocative glimpse of a tryst in the Bayou, is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships.”

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The Backwards Life Of Alex Chilton In 'Destruction'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Music journalist Holly George-Warren's new book traces the troubled life and backwards career arc of Big Star's Alex Chilton. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book is a poignant and forthright portrait.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'How To Dance As The Roof Caves In'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Nick Lantz's third poetry collection, How to Dance As The Roof Caves In.

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Book News: Shaken, Stirred: Ian Fleming's Racy Love Letters To Be Sold

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Also: Meg Wolitzer on the origins of her inspiration; journalist and author Jonathan Schell has died.

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March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYS Senator Savino; Problems on Rikers; Faith in Palestine; An Internal Review of Bridgegate

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Since Russia annexed Crimea, relations with the U.S. are...strained. Angela Stent, Georgetown professor and fellow at the Brookings Institution, looks at the U.S.-Russia relationship as it stands now. Plus: New York State Senator Diane Savino talks about the state's budget negotiations and her support for legalized medical marijuana; reports of prisoner abuse and a high proportion of mentally ill inmates at the jail on Rikers Island; a Lutheran pastor on his work to establish a Palestinian community in Bethlehem; and reactions to a just-released internal review of the Bridgegate scandal that was conducted by Governor Christie's lawyers. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Corporate Idealist Inside BP

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Christine Bader talks about the “Corporate Idealists” inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, who push for safer and more responsible practices. was one of those people at BP—until a string of fatal BP accidents, CEO John Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Corporate Idealists; "Tales from Red Vienna"; Investigating a Family Mystery

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Former BP employee Christine Bader talks about being part of a silent army of “Corporate Idealists” who fight for more responsible business practices inside some of the world’s biggest companies. Kathleen Chalfant and Nina Arianda discuss their roles in the off-Broadway play “Tales from Red Vienna,” set in post-World War I Austria. Michael Hainey tells the tale of investigating the real cause of his father’s death. Plus, we’ll look at the very rich, very conservative Koch brothers.

The Leonard Lopate Show

After Visiting Friends: Michael Hainey on Investigating His Father's Death

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door with the news that Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his father’s death would obsess Michael into adulthood, so he set out to learn what happened that night. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, is the tale of that quest and what he uncovered.

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All Things Considered

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Karen Russell has set her latest story in a terrible future where insomnia has become a national crisis. Sleep Donation is a digital download from a new publisher called Atavist Books.

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All Things Considered

It Was The Best Of Sentences ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Editors at The American Scholar magazine picked the 10 best sentences from fiction and nonfiction, with authors ranging from Toni Morrison to James Joyce.

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Walter Mosley: To End Race, We Have To Recognize 'White' Doesn't Exist

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Walter Mosley's writing inspired Hollywood filmmakers and a generation of black writers. He's now being honored at the National Black Writers' Conference. He talks about the award and his new book.

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Fresh Air

'Sleep Donation': A Dark, Futuristic Lullaby For Insomniacs

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Karen Russell's new book imagines a mysterious insomnia epidemic so serious that many are dying from lack of sleep. But the cure — sleep donations from babies — is hard to swallow.

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Fresh Air

'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

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Book News: Tennessee Williams Tale Of Disappointed Love To Be Published

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Also: Canada's Alice Munro gets a silver coin; a quiz based on Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge, led by its secretive prime minister Pol Pot, took over Cambodia. They cut the nation off from the world and began systematically killing and starving two million of their people. Thirty years after their fall, a man named Duch, who had served as Chief Prison officer at the regime's central prison complex, stood trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Journalist Thierry Cruvellier takes us into the dark heart of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, using the trial to tell the horrifying story of this terrible chapter in history. The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer is an account of a Chief Interrogator's trial for war crimes.

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