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Today's Takeaways: Defining Masculinity, The Ides of March, and Long Lost Fairy Tales

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takeaway explores masculine identity in the age of feminism, we get the true story about Julius Caesar's death, and we explore a long lost book of fairy tales.

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On Our Minds: Quan Barry Writes Vietnam

Sunday, March 08, 2015

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the first US combat troops landing in Vietnam. In the United States, we tend to view Vietnam almost exclusively through the lens of the American war there. So here’s something different, a debut novel from poet Quan Barry. It’s the story of a little girl who can hear ghosts. Her name is Rabbit, and she’s born at the height of the Vietnam War, on the night of a full moon, in her mother’s grave.

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The Takeaway

An Identity Shaped by The 'War on Terror'

Monday, February 23, 2015

In his latest book, author Mohsin Hamid reflects on how his identity as a Pakistani has been changed in the years since 9/11 by the ongoing “War on Terror” forged by the west. 

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The Takeaway

The Afghan War Told Through The Eyes of An Orphaned Soldier

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An orphaned Afghan soldier is the protagonist of Elliot Ackerman's new novel, "Green on Blue."  

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The Takeaway

Harper Lee's Sequel Brings Excitement & Worry

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Starling Lawrence, former editor-in-chief at W. W. Norton and a friend of Harper Lee, responds to the news that the author will publish a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird." 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Media Shake Up, A Literary Classic, and Sightless Beauty

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the departures of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart, the return of Harper Lee, and what beauty means to the blind.

The Takeaway

What's in a Face? Exploring The 'Curse' of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amanda Filipacchi's novel "The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty," imagines a beautiful woman hiding under an elaborate disguise to make herself appear unattractive.

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Making It As A Writer

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Laura Van Den Berg has the kind of literary success writers dream of. Her debut novel comes out later this month, and already it's become one of the most anticipated books of the year. But for Laura, writing hasn't always been easy.

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South African Crime Fiction

Sunday, February 01, 2015

 African Genre Fiction is breaking the mold of African literature. And “Broken Monsters” certainly does that. It is a crime novel written by a white South African that is set in Detroit.

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Somali-American Fantasy

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A fantasy novel written by a Somali-American Mennonite raised in the US who wrote it while teaching English during a civil war in what is now South Sudan and then revised it in Egypt.

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New African Literature

Sunday, February 01, 2015

 It’s time for you to meet the next wave of African fiction and our guest has compiled their writing together in the book “Africa39” – an anthology of 39 African writers under the age of 39

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Nigerian Science Fiction

Sunday, February 01, 2015

No discussion of genre fiction would be complete without science fiction. And an alien invasion. That’s the premise of “Lagoon" set in Lagos, Nigeria.

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The Takeaway

New Novel Explores Pressures of Undercover Cops

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In Matthew Burgess's novel "Uncle Janice," a young undercover cop is anxious to meet her quota in order to earn a promotion.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Ariel Dorfman: Exile and Disappearance

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ariel Dorfman describes his and every caring person’s obligation to not forget those secretly killed by totalitarian regimes.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Downton to Downtown: Vanity Fair Then and Now

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter talks about the magazine's best writing and most illustrious writers... from the 20th century. 

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The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Posthumous Hip Hop Album

Monday, January 19, 2015

On MLK Day, the folks at The Takeaway are listening to Maya Angelou, but not recordings of her classic poems. We're listening to her posthumous hip hop album. 

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Powers of Two - Joshua Wolf Shenk

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Joshua Wolf Shenk talks about his book, "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs."

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BookMark: Alfred Kubin's "The Other Side"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jeff VanderMeer recommends "The Other Side" by Alfred Kubin.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Mitt in 2016, Oscar Nominations, and The Dictionary

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Takeaway explores a possible presidential run for Mitt Romeny, we have the details on the 2015 Oscar nominations, and we explain why the dictionary is going online-only.

Fishko Files

Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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