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The Takeaway

Declassifying the Future

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Since he joined the CIA 25 years ago, Mathew Burrows has witnessed dramatic changes in world affairs. His new book predicts the trends over the next 25 years.

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Book News: Booker Prize Shortlist Includes Two Americans

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Also: Maya Angelou collaborated on a hip-hop album; T.S. Eliot's summer house is for sale.

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Exclusive First Read: Caitlin Moran's 'How To Build A Girl'

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Read an exclusive excerpt of Caitlin Moran's rollicking new autobiographical novel about a girl who, after a terrible embarrassment, reinvents herself as a hard-drinking, wild-living music critic.

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God Is Dead In This 'City Of Stairs.' Several Gods, In Fact

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Robert Jackson Bennett's new novel starts slowly, but blossoms into a richly imagined fantasy world in which the banned gods of a conquered city may not be so far gone after all.

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Morning Edition

9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."

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Morning Edition

Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprising Twist: Preventable Diseases Make a Comeback, Inheriting a Tenant, from Jihadi to CIA Informant

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The science of vaccination. Director Israel Horowitz and Kevin Kline on “My Old Lady.” Dennis Lehane's The Drop. A Jihadi extremist on becoming a CIA informant.

The Leonard Lopate Show

From al Qaeda Insider to CIA Informant

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A man who attended a militant madrasah in Yemen and spent a decade as a Jihadi not only repudiated extremism but became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Domestic Violence, Kissinger on 'World Order,' and Cockroaches as Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Takeaway looks at domestic violence and the workplace in the wake of Ray Rice's firing, remote-controlled roaches, and Henry Kissinger discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Soundcheck

Ask John Schaefer Anything; The 33 1/3 Series Hits 100; Anthony D'Amato Plays Live

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ask John Schaefer Anything (About Music) continues; The music book series 33 1/3 hits its 100th volume this year; folk rock songwriter Anthony D'Amato play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dennis Lehane's Novel The Drop Begins with a Rescued Puppy

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The author of Mystic River's latest novel has been described as a love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith. 

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All Things Considered

James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Monday, September 08, 2014

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.

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Fresh Air

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Monday, September 08, 2014

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Technology Exists That Can Mimic Human Consciousness

Monday, September 08, 2014

 Martine Rothblatt explains that special software mimics the way human brains organize information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness. 

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Book News: Ex-Companion Of French President Publishes Memoir

Monday, September 08, 2014

Also: John Koethe has new poem; notable books coming out this week.

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Morning Edition

Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Monday, September 08, 2014

Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes out Tuesday. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life Lessons: Issues in Education, Our Digital Imprint, Coping with ADHD

Monday, September 08, 2014

The history of public school teaching in the United States. Ira Glass and Monica Bill Barnes on “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” What is cyberconsciousness? Living with ADHD.

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Drummer And Bandleader Sheila E.'s New Memoir; The American Band Championship Belt

Monday, September 08, 2014

Drummer Sheila E. has played with Prince, George Duke and more. She documents her life in music in her new memoir. Plus Steve Hyden picks the best American bands by era.

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All Things Considered

Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Moroccan slave named Estebanico was one of only four men to survive a 1528 expedition to America from Spain. The Moor's Account, a fictional memoir by Laila Lalami, tells the story through his eyes.

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'I Am China' Asks: How Far Should An Artist Go?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Xiaolu Guo's new novel follows the relationship of two artists, from post-Tiananmen China through years and continents as they wrestle with the responsibilities of an artist in an authoritarian state.

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