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Morning Edition

Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Captain Underpants has once again topped the list of most-challenged books. Author Dav Pilkey says his tighty-whities-clad hero teaches kids a healthy lesson about questioning authority.

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Soundcheck

Ramblin' Around New York City With Woody Guthrie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our interactive map is dotted with locations where Guthrie lived over the years. Click through to see embedded videos at each stop.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Trying Times: Adolescence, Lincoln's Presidency, Paris During WWII

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How adolescence shapes our lives. The most tumultuous months of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Anne Sinclair on her grandfather, who fled Vichy France for America. Actress Andrea Martin.

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Family Memoir of Art and War

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dark Days Preceded Lincoln's Brightest Moment

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A look at the tumultuous, trying six months leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation, possibly the most challenging time in a challenging presidency. 

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All Things Considered

A Historic Backdrop Frames Forbidden Love In 'The Paying Guests'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarah Waters' latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Johnson and Reagan Shook Up American Politics

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were opposites in politics and style, but they shared a similar political ambition: to offer the country a new vision for its future.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Art of Giving and the People Who Change the World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn explore the art and science of giving in their new book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel — about two women in 1920s London — is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Books Go Digital

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nine of the late writer's works are coming out as e-books in English. Also: a survey shows (again) a lack of diversity in publishing, and Ray Bradbury's ode-worthy gardening tool gets an asking price.

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A Feisty Writer Spars With Her Young Protege

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brian Morton's Florence Gordon is about the relationship between a tough, 75-year-old feminist icon and her granddaughter. It's self-aware, funny and full of characters that are entirely believable.

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'My Life' Asks: How Do You Leave A War Behind?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Poet Brian Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country is a lyrical, haunting memoir of his military family, his service in Bosnia and Iraq, and the struggle he faced to adjust to life on the home front.

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Morning Edition

Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Movers and Shakers: From Politics to Disco

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan changed politics. What living longer means for society. “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical.” Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.

The Brian Lehrer Show

New York in 101 Objects

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From water tanks to public school door knobs, Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times, presents a history of the five boroughs through intriguing artifacts.

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The Takeaway

Woody Guthrie's New York City

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If Woody Gutherie found home on the open road, his second home was New York City. His daughter Nora Guthrie shares a collection of stories about her father's life in the Big Apple.

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Soundcheck

Geeking Out About David Bowie, And The Book He Inspired

Monday, September 22, 2014

Simon Critchley's new book, Bowie, is part memoir, part philosophical musing. He and fellow David Bowie superfan John Schaefer geek out about their musical hero.

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All Things Considered

An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

Monday, September 22, 2014

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.

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Fresh Air

Ron Perlman On 'Sons Of Anarchy' And His Many On-Screen Transformations

Monday, September 22, 2014

Perlman played the ruthless leader of a motorcycle gang on the FX series. In his new book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), he talks about having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind."

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