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All Things Considered

'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Friday, September 26, 2014

In 2011, 28-year-old Derek Boogaard — one of the NHL's most fearsome fighters — was found dead of an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. He also showed signs of serious brain injury.

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Fresh Air

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Friday, September 26, 2014

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.

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All Things Considered

As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

Friday, September 26, 2014

This week, the CDC predicted there could be tens of thousands of Ebola cases if the disease is not controlled soon. Author Alaya Dawn Johnson turns to a favorite novel for wisdom amid this epidemic.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 25, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jo Nesbo's 2013 thriller, The Redeemer, has maverick detective Harry Hole searching the darkest corners of the former Yugoslavia. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 25, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Comedian Billy Crystal reflects on his life and career in Still Foolin' Em, which appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 25, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 25, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

A poor mother and daughter in London fatefully decide to take in boarders in the wake of World War I. Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests debuts at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 25, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Debuting at No. 14., Lawrence Wright's Thirteen Days in September presents an account of the 1978 Camp David conference during which Jimmy Carter convinced Israel and Egypt to sign a peace treaty.

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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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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 Waitress

Friday, September 26, 2014

A fantasy about hard luck and good luck.

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Selected Shorts

The Standard of Living

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dorothy Parker's answer to inflation.

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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 Sexes

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

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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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Selected Shorts

In the Throes

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

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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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