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"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."

—Leo C. Rosten


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On World Cafe, A Look At The Grateful Dead's Legacy 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:19:37 -0400 
    As the Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour comes to a close, World Cafe talks with David Browne, the author of a new book on the legendary band.

Misty Copeland Seeks To Inspire Other African-American Dancers 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:07:00 -0400 
    Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. She discusses her book, Firebird. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on Morning Edition).

How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity 
  Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:33:00 -0400 
    The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.

Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White 
  Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:31:09 -0400 
    As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.

Two Years After Deadly Wildfire, Are There Lessons In The Ashes? 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:00:00 -0400 
    The Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013 was one of the deadliest incidents for wildland firefighters in American history. Nineteen of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died — many inside their fire shelters.

Raised By 5 Different Families, 7 Siblings Are Reunited In 'Bastards' 
  Sun, 28 Jun 2015 05:19:00 -0400 
    In her debut memoir Mary Anna King tells the story of her fractured upbringing and how — in the face of poverty — love and hard work were not sufficient to keep her family together.

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:06:00 -0400 
    Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it — but not give it too much power over us."

Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:09:48 -0400 
    "Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.

Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics' 
  Sat, 27 Jun 2015 08:09:00 -0400 
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' 
  Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:16:07 -0400 
    Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Originally broadcast July 22, 2014.

Take A Walk With Judy Blume Through Her Old Miami Beach Neighborhood 
  Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:37:00 -0400 
    Blume says her time in Miami Beach in the late '40s was the most important time in her childhood. Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself is a slightly fictionalized autobiography of Blume's life there.

'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads 
  Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:05:25 -0400 
    Mike Cummings and Jorja Leap are working with men in Los Angeles — many of whom are former gang members — to help them find something that was missing from their lives as they grew up: fatherhood.

Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery' 
  Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:45:00 -0400 
    The art world is "fertile ground for criminals," says art scholar Noah Charney. In his new book, The Art of Forgery, he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

Beyond The 'Sometimes Sentimental' Story Of Filipino Migrants 
  Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:09:55 -0400 
    Mia Alvar's new short story collection spans the globe — from Manila to New York to Manama, Bahrain — to offer a more complicated narrative of Filipino exiles, emigres and wanderers.

This Weekend, 'Caminar' Navigates Horrors With Poetry 
  Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:55:00 -0400 
    In this installment of our Weekend Reads series, author Meg Medina selects Skila Brown's novel in poems Caminar, which follows a young boy who survives the slaughter of his village in Guatemala.
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