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The Takeaway

Listeners Share Odes to Their Zip Codes

Monday, April 27, 2015

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

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Big Cat Biologist And The Blind Date: 3-Minute Fiction

Friday, April 03, 2015

A big cat biologist goes on a blind date. It doesn't go well.  Writer Ben Hoffman reads from a work in progress.

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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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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

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lessons on Getting Adolescents Excited About Reading

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

In conjunction with WNYC’s Being 12 series, celebrated children’s book author Jon Scieszka will talk about getting adolescents to read, and the appeal of writing for this age group.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Risky Business: The Men's Rights Movement and the Craft of Contemporary Art

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Covering the Men's Rights Movement. Getting boys to read. From Artifacts to Art. The business of contemporary art.

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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Schoolbook

Mayor's Education Budget Boosts Support for Reading Intervention

Monday, February 09, 2015

WNYC
Mayor Bill de Blasio's nearly $78 million city budget holds steady on education, but proposes more money to help young students with reading problems.
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To the Best of Our Knowledge

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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The Takeaway

The Changing Definition of a Dictionary

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More than 50 years after it was published, Webster's dictionary is getting a major update. It will no longer be a reference book. Instead, its database will live entirely online.

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The Takeaway

The End of the World as We Know It

Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Emily St. John Mandel's fourth novel, "Station Eleven," imagines the run-up to and aftermath from a global flu outbreak that effectively ends civilization as we know it.

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The Takeaway

The Best Books of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

In honor of one of our favorite pastimes, we're devoting a special hour to books and authors who made our year, including interviews with Helen Thorpe and Hampton Sides

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Death, Sex & Money

Death-Sex-Money Books: The Full List!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Browse our death-sex-money book list and get inspired for holiday reading. 

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Death, Sex & Money

Librarians Share Their Death-Sex-Money Book Picks

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Public Library staffers send in their highly qualified suggestions for our death-sex-money reading list. 

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Money Talking

Best Business Books for 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

From hotshot, high-frequency traders to a serial entrepreneur criticizing capitalism, this year's best business reads are all about thinking differently. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Books That Changed My Mind: Novel Takes on America

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did a novel you read in school change your mind about the world and your place in it?  Writers Azar Nafisi and Jacqueline Woodson talk about finding themselves in fiction.

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