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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Books And Great Detectives

Friday, September 26, 2014

On this week's show, we dive into some of the fall books we're looking forward to and revel in a chat about detective stories.

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Book News: A Prize In Memory Of Peace Picks Its Winners

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring writers who use literature to further social justice, has recognized Bob Shacochis and Karima Bennoune. Also: Sub Pop has published some grunge-worthy haiku.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: You Might as Well Live A Dorothy Parker Celebration

Friday, September 26, 2014

Guest host Jane Curtin presents sassy stories about sassy women from the legendary Dorothy Parker.

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Selected Shorts

The Waitress

Friday, September 26, 2014

A fantasy about hard luck and good luck.

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Selected Shorts

The Sexes

Friday, September 26, 2014

How to demolish your boyfriend: a wicked tale from comic master Dorothy Parker.

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Soundcheck

Jill Sobule Plays In Studio; The Science And Sound Of Language

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jill Sobule makes a record out of an old charm bracelet, and plays some of it live; Lydia Denworth explores how sound shapes our world as infants. 

Selected Shorts

The Standard of Living

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dorothy Parker's answer to inflation.

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Selected Shorts

In the Throes

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dorothy Parker has writer's block in this funny confessional.

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Studio 360

Life Lessons from Toni Morrison

Friday, September 26, 2014

A winner of the Nobel Prize, Morrison started writing because she couldn’t find the novels she wanted to read.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Promises of the Postwar Era in Matthew Thomas's Novel We Are Not Ourselves

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The debut novel charts the story of the American Century and the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

You Can Never Have Too Many Apples…

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An author's new book brings you deeper into apple orchards than ever before, we'll talk about where to get them, recipe tips and how he became an "apple-stalker."

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Book News: Amtrak Unveils Writers Picked For A Residency On The Rails

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.

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'Clockwork Dagger' Is A Thought-Provoking Steampunk Adventure

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beth Cato's debut novel takes on the problems and limitations of the steampunk genre with an appealing heroine and a thoughtful meditation on what heroism really means. Plus, mechanical animals!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Benefits of Self-Control and Viggo Mortensen

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why willpower is important. Hossein Amini and Viggo Mortensen on “The Two Faces of January.” The novel We Are Not Ourselves. A close look at the the Ebola epidemic.

All Things Considered

Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In her latest collection, Margaret Atwood takes on death, dreadfulness and the use of fantasy. Though these stories are strange and wild, they all somehow ring true.

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Fresh Air

After Childhood Abuse, 'Times' Columnist Says He Chose Life Over Vengeance

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Charles Blow says he was 7 years old when he was sexually abused by a cousin. His new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, is about what he says happened, his recovery and his bisexuality.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andrea Martin on Acting, Family, and Chimps in Tutus

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress Andrea Martin shares stories from her life in show business—from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Adolescence Is a Minefield

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The teenage brain is like a car with a "great accelerator but bad brakes," says psychologist Dr. Laurence Steinberg, and we need to change the way we teach and parent teens.

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Making The Case 'Against Football'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steve Almond's new book is a powerful polemic laying out the reasons he, a longtime passionate football fan, is giving up the sport.

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Studio 360

Toni Morrison Reads from Song of Solomon

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Listen to Toni Morrison read the last page of her National Book Award-winning novel.
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