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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Forensic Pathologist on Death Investigations in NYC

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dr. Judy Melinek explains her work as a New York City forensic pathologist and the fascinating world of death investigation. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill T. Jones' Stories

Monday, September 15, 2014

Choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones discusses his career and the influence on him of pioneering musician/composer John Cage in his new book.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Grand and Terrible Voyage of a Ship in the Arctic

Monday, September 15, 2014

On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco, headed for the Arctic. When it was trapped in ice, the crew began a long struggle for survival. 

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Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

Monday, September 15, 2014

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fast Food Workers Want to Unite

Monday, September 15, 2014

The push for unionization of fast food workers. The story of the USS Jeannette. David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek on her experience.

All Things Considered

A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.

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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.

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A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

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All Things Considered

In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.

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A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."

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Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

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Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness'

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.

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'The Dog': Dubious Dealings In Dubai

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.

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All Things Considered

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Friday, September 12, 2014

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 11, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 11, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Appearing at No. 5, The Heart of Everything That Is explores the little-known story of a powerful Sioux warrior who led the only American Indian defeat of U.S. troops.

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