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William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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Studio 360

Poet Terrance Hayes: Anything but Invisible

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Terrance Hayes may be the only poet to win a MacArthur “genius” grant, a National Book Award, and a spot on "People’s" Sexiest Man Alive list.

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Selected Shorts

Sarah’s Story Retold

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A new take on an Old Testament story.

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Selected Shorts

Alternative Endings: Mothers and Children

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Knitting for life, and a Biblical game-changer.

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Fresh Air

Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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Fresh Air

3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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All Things Considered

Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Voices, Hate Speech?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The novelist Francine Prose discusses why she withdrew as a host from the PEN gala. Then, PEN's president Andrew Solomon talks about the state of free expression.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Space for Dialogue in the Quran

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Holt Paperbacks, 2015) recounts the year she spend study the Quran. 

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What Luck! 'Early Warning' Continues Smiley's Farm Family Saga

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.

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Morning Edition

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A new book looks at the women who served alongside elite special operations units in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

PEN Writers Protest; Sen. Warren's Influence on Hillary; Food Industry Changes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The (Senator) Warren effect; the novelist Francine Prose; big changes to the food industry & an exploration of the most controversial elements of the Quran. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Love, Friendship, Partnership, and Other Fuzzy Lines

Monday, April 27, 2015

Maria Bello talks about the relationships that matter, and discusses a pivotal point in her life, telling her son that she had fallen in love with her best friend.

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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Monday, April 27, 2015

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Curing the Culture of Distraction

Monday, April 27, 2015

An argument for turning off all distractions - not just technological ones, but mental ones as well.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Share Odes to Their Zip Codes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Listeners from Clarkdale, Arizona to Ferguson, Missouri, share poems inspired by their ZIP codes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clinton Foundation’s Cash Flow; Bruce Jenner's Interview; NYC on Foot

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Clinton Foundation’s questionable cash flow; banning credit checks in the hiring process; a culture of distraction; great NYC walking routes & Bruce Jenner as trans spokesperson.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mistakes, Missteps, and Mediocrity

Monday, April 27, 2015

Judith Miller on her mistakes. The filmmaker "Wild Bill" Wellman. Maria Bello on life's unexpected twists. Why Amtrak remains a model of mediocrity.