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'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works 
  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500 
    Driving The King is a fictionalized account of the adventures of Nat King Cole and his bodyguard driver. Author Ravi Howard says the idea was planted long ago.


Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy 
  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500 
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "Bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.


Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles 
  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:42:00 -0500 
    From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.


Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me' 
  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:59:00 -0500 
    Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


When Pop Broke Up With Jazz 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:35:00 -0500 
    For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.


In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid? 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:20:00 -0500 
    Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.


The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing 
  Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:39:00 -0500 
    Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.


In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD 
  Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:01:00 -0500 
    While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Book Club: Hector Tobar Answers Your Questions About 'Deep Down Dark' 
  Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:17:00 -0500 
    Tobar says it was a "great honor" to interview the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. They lived "one of the great adventure stories of the 21st century," he says.


Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight 
  Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:59:00 -0500 
    It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Eleven editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.


'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad 
  Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:30:00 -0500 
    While writing his new book, historian Eric Foner relied on a recently discovered record of slaves' escapes. He says the documents paint a "revealing picture" of life on the Underground Railroad.


A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression 
  Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:57:00 -0500 
    New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?


Finding A Childhood Bully, And So Much More, In 'Whipping Boy' 
  Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:40:00 -0500 
    In his new memoir, Allen Kurzweil goes looking for his childhood tormentor — and discovers he's served time for involvement in an international fraud scheme so wild and colorful, it could be a movie.


'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell On The Catastrophe Of Cancer 
  Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:10:00 -0500 
    The famed Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery novels was diagnosed a year ago — "a catastrophe for me," he says; since then, he's talked more about the disease than the drama of forensics.


Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15 
  Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:20:00 -0500 
    Lynda Blackmon Lowery was still a child when she joined the legendary 1965 march. Now she's written a book for young readers about the experience, called Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.
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