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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mother Knew Best

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Ylonda Gault Caviness describes her journey to the realization that all the parenting advice she was obsessively devouring didn’t mean much compared to her mom's old-school ways.

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The Takeaway

PEN & Charlie Hebdo: Honoring Courage or Hostility?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The PEN American Center will be honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award at it gala tonight, a controversial decision.

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'Vorrh' Takes A Dizzying Trek Into The Dark Heart of Fantasy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

British artist Brian Catling's fiction debut, about a mysterious forest in an alternate-universe Africa, is finally in the U.S. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it an "eye-gouging, mind-bending spectacle."

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Are Females Human? Women in Science Fiction

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” has inspired countless stories in the two centuries since it was published, most of them centered upon male mad scientists who create life without the help of a woman. But a new spate of movies and TV shows like “Orphan Black” and “Ex Machina” are investigating issues of cloning and artificial intelligence while making women central characters. On this week’s Out Loud, Jill Lepore–who wrote recently for the site about the scientific history behind “Orphan Black”–discusses the legacy of Shelley’s classic and what it can tell us about the role of women in today’s science-fiction.

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Morning Edition

Join The 'Morning Edition' Book Club As We Read 'A God In Ruins'

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, who selected the book, tells NPR's David Greene that Kate Atkinson is "one of those writers that really can make you weep on one page and laugh on the next."

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Morning Edition

Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Red-Headed Stranger has a new memoir out, titled It's A Long Story. On a tour bus in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson explains to NPR's David Greene why no one can tell him what to do.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Freakonomics, Alternate History, and The Rise of Renewables

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Stephen Dubner celebrates the 10th anniversary of Freakonomics. Greg Proops' very smart new book. Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel. The shift from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Honoring Courage or Hostility, Moving Beyond Margaritas, and Being Big Bird

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the controversy surrounding the PEN American and Charlie Hebdo, we dig into the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo, and Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch drop by.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Escaping the Vietnam War, But Getting Close to the Enemy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his debut novel, The Sympathizer, which examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. 

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All Things Considered

Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

Monday, May 04, 2015

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Trauma and Trappings in Search of the American Dream

Monday, May 04, 2015

Zou Lei, a Chinese immigrant, finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens, when she falls in love with an Iraqi war veteran, in Atticus Lish's new novel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Atticus Lish

Monday, May 04, 2015

The 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner enjoys the music of Taylor Swift! 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A New Biography of Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House

Monday, May 04, 2015

Peter Slevin's biography of the First Lady traces her arc from working-class childhood to global ambassador.

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Fresh Air

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Monday, May 04, 2015

Baseball's Mike Matheny speaks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about his playing career, managing in the big leagues and the pressures of youth sports. Matheny is the author of The Matheny Manifesto.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reviving the Work, and Names, of Master Caricaturists

Monday, May 04, 2015

Illustrators and pop culture historians Drew Friedman and Stephen Kroninger discuss the work of twelve great, but nearly forgotten, caricaturists.

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A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

Monday, May 04, 2015

Edna O'Brien's first novel was burned in the small Irish village of her birth. The Love Object collects more than 30 of her fiery tales of religion and repression in "a land of sacrificial women."

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'I Take You' Is Madcap Marital Mayhem

Monday, May 04, 2015

Eliza Kennedy's snappy new novel follows Lily Wilder, a high-powered litigator conflicted about her upcoming wedding because she's having too much fun with sex, booze and work to settle down.

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Morning Edition

A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book

Monday, May 04, 2015

There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in Public and Lives Forgotten

Monday, May 04, 2015

A new biography of Michelle Obama. The forgotten master caricaturists. Atticus Lish's debut novel. A new documentary on why Ebola spread so quickly, and widely. 

All Things Considered

With Comedic Touch, 'Zombie Wars' Tackles Impact Of Real Violence

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The main character in Aleksandar Hemon's new book is a hapless screenwriter who's never faced real hardship. But after an affair with a Bosnian refugee, he can no longer avoid the realities of war.

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