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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Can't Obama Be More Like...

Friday, September 12, 2014

...LBJ? FDR? Teddy Roosevelt? Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says such comparisons are unfair in today's political climate — but there are lessons to learn from the Progressive Era.

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Book News: Wendy Davis' Book Tour Violates Ethics Code, Opponent Says

Friday, September 12, 2014

Also: E-book singles publisher Byliner is acquired by Vook; an excerpt of James Franco's new novel.

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Selected Shorts

Reading Aloud

Friday, September 12, 2014

A brief encounter from Marina Keegan

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Selected Shorts

The Year of Spaghetti

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cooking pasta with Haruki Murakami

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Between Meals

Friday, September 12, 2014

Christmas cheer and family secrets with Ann Beattie; Haruki Murakami cooks spaghetti; a young writer’s brief candle.  

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Selected Shorts

Where You'll Find Me

Friday, September 12, 2014

Secrets and lies from Ann Beattie.

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Studio 360

Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Some of our culture’s most enduring monsters transmit their contagion through biting — werewolves, zombies, and vampires. Are these myths really about rabies?

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Studio 360

The Flame Alphabet

Friday, September 12, 2014

William S. Burroughs famously said that “language is a virus.” In his novel The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus imagines what would happen if children’s language made their parents sick.

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Studio 360

What Going Viral Means

Friday, September 12, 2014

Computer viruses and memes were born at the same time. But, for journalist Bill Wasik, it’s time to retire the metaphor of things “going viral” online.

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Soundcheck

'Another Side Of Bob Dylan': A Personal History On The Road And Off the Tracks

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jacob Maymudes discusses the book he co-authored with his late father about the life, music and friendship of Bob Dylan.

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Fresh Air

Futuristic 'Bone Clocks' Encompasses A Strange, Rich World Of Soul-Stealers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

David Mitchell's latest fantasy is an odyssey into the dark side, spanning from 1984 to 2043. It's about a teenager who runs away from her London home and becomes prey to a ghastly gang of mystics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How a Terrorist’s Son Became an Advocate for Peace

Thursday, September 11, 2014

His father was involved in planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but Zak Ebrahim rejected the extremism, violence, and terrorism of his youth. And he says Jon Stewart helped.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Whole World, in Our Hands

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We've entered an age in which humanity is changing the Earth itself, from the seas to the land to the atmosphere. Is "The Human Age" a new beginning — or the beginning of the end?

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The Takeaway

Inside the Lost Chapters of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Miranda Grope, Elvira Erstwhile, Clarence Crump, and Bertie Upside — just some of the characters left behind in Roald Dahl's early drafts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What if "Nuns Ruled the World"?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some Catholic nuns are pushing to allow women to be ordained as priests. Is advocacy for such a major change compatible with a deep dedication to the church as an institution?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Inside Account of 13 Hours in Benghazi

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mitchell Zuckoff tells what happened during the September 11, 2012, terrorists attack the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a CIA station in Benghazi, Libya.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lowering Expectations for Growth

Thursday, September 11, 2014

James Galbraith discusses his new book which argues that the 2008 recession was not an interruption of normal economic growth but represents a new normal of instability.

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The Ecstatic Blankness Of Poet Louise Glück

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the poems in Glück's new collection Faithful and Virtuous Night are lovely in places, but also misty, ambiguous and seemingly in love with their own haziness.

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Book News: Millennials Reading More Than Older Americans, Study Finds

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Also: writing advice from Emma Straub; the legacy of John Updike.

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'Father And Son' Is Part Homage, Part Indictment

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Marcos Giralt Torrente's memoir of his absentee father, the famed Spanish painter Juan Giralt, frequently resorts to lists and repetition to get across Torrente's exasperation, anger and love.

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