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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:00 -0400 
    The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.


Army's Updated Rules On Hair Styles Tangle With Race 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:02:00 -0400 
    As some Army regulations on hair styles spark protest from African American women, David Greene talks to professor Lori Tharps, co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.


Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400 
    It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.


'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:09 -0400 
    NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.


Exploring The Secret History Of The Cubicle 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400 
    The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.


BBC Icon Finds Children's Adventure In An Element Hunter 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:00 -0400 
    Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.


Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.' 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:07:00 -0400 
    Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.


How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:00 -0400 
    Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk. The veteran rock journalist speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn about her four decades behind the scenes.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:14:00 -0400 
    In her memoir, A Fighting Chance, Warren reveals a childhood brush with bankruptcy and reflects on hard-won political lessons.


'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:38:00 -0400 
    The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."


Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:25:00 -0400 
    In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.


Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another? 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:17:00 -0400 
    Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.


Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors 
  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:00 -0400 
    In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.


What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like 
  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:59:31 -0400 
    American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."


Book Tells Of Life As A Perennial Co-Star, Almost Famous 
  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:33:48 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Judy Greer about the pitfalls of semi-celebrity, as depicted in her new memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From.
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