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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ask Karl Ove Knausgaard Your Questions!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-part autobiographical novel, My Struggle, meticulously illustrates the mundane details of the author's life as he grapples with his larger demons.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

'The Hunger Games' Meets Ancient Rome in 'An Ember in the Ashes'

Sunday, May 03, 2015

This week we're thinking about the much anticipated debut novel by Sabaa Tahir. Called "An Ember in the Ashes," it's an epic fantasy set in a world reminiscent of ancient Rome. Sabaa Tahir tells Charles Monroe-Kane how her background as a newpaper editor influenced the book.

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The Takeaway

ZIP Odes from Across the Nation

Thursday, April 30, 2015

​As April comes to a close, we're sharing just a few more of the incredible Zip Odes Takeaway listeners have been composing all month long.

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Studio 360

Poet Terrance Hayes: Anything but Invisible

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Terrance Hayes may be the only poet to win a MacArthur “genius” grant, a National Book Award, and a spot on "People’s" Sexiest Man Alive list.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Voices, Hate Speech?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The novelist Francine Prose discusses why she withdrew as a host from the PEN gala. Then, PEN's president Andrew Solomon talks about the state of free expression.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Share Odes to Their Zip Codes

Monday, April 27, 2015

Listeners from Clarkdale, Arizona to Ferguson, Missouri, share poems inspired by their ZIP codes.

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The Takeaway

Ada Lovelace Reborn in Graphic Novel

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mathematician Ada Lovelace never got to complete her life's work, the "Analytical Engine," but her story is being revived in a new graphic novel, with a more happy ending.

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The Takeaway

Amit Chaudhuri on 'Odyssesus Abroad' and The Changing Identity of India

Friday, April 17, 2015

Writer Amit Chaudhuri discusses his latest novel, "Odysseus Abroad," and how the cultural inheritance of Indian writers spans multiple continents. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

BookMark: Nick Bantock

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nick Bantock bookmarks "The Fencing Master" by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nicola Griffith set her award-winning historical novel, "Hild," in seventh-century Britain. It's based on the real life of the fierce young girl who eventually became one of the most powerful women of her day -- St. Hilda of Whitby.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

T.C. Boyle Talks "The Harder They Come"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Celebrated novelist T.C. Boyle talks about his latest book, "The Harder They Come," which explores the roots of violence in America.

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The Takeaway

Cataloging The Literature of 'Mad Men'

Friday, April 03, 2015

As the AMC series "Mad Men" begins its final season, The Takeaway examines the books read by the show's iconic characters—and what their literature says about the era and the show.

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The Takeaway

State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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Specials

Is Amazon the Reader's Friend?

Friday, March 27, 2015

In this special, two teams debate who sets the prices for e-books, and whether the publishing industry has become an oligopoly after the recent dispute between Amazon and Hachette. 

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The Takeaway

Mandela Autobiography to be Published Posthumously

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A highly anticipated autobiography under the working title, "The Presidential Years"  is due to be published posthumously by Nelson Mandela.

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The Takeaway

Lost Tennessee Williams Horror Story Surfaces

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Strand Magazine's Andrew Gulli is something of a detective when it comes to lost literature. His latest discovery is a never-before published horror story by Tennessee Williams.

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The Takeaway

How David Foster Wallace Found Tranquility in the Tax Code

Monday, March 23, 2015

When Wallace won a "genius grant" in 1997, he moved to Illinois, started taking tax accounting courses at a state college, and discovered the spiritual side of khakis and the IRS.

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The Takeaway

The Steve Jobs of the Renaissance: Meet The Man Who Set Books Free

Monday, March 16, 2015

This spring marks 500 years since the death of Aldus Manutius, a printer whose small, cleanly-designed editions of the classics paved the way for the modern paperback.

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The Takeaway

Lessons from Forgotten Bavarian Fairy Tales

Friday, March 13, 2015

A retired teacher in the city of Regensburg, Germany found more than 500 fairytales that had been forgotten for over a century and a half in the city's municipal archive.

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