Books

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · Mark Andrew Ferguson’s debut novel has time travel, but it isn’t science fiction. It has teenagers, but it’s not YA. Instead, it’s a tale of intense friendship, first love, and serious mental illness.
 

March 25, 2015 | NPR · Sante Fe’s most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus’ great-great-grandmother. Her new book, American Ghost, is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.
 

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March 25, 2015 | NPR · In Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s The Dirty Dust, the dead don’t just talk. They won’t shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.
 

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.
 

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.
 

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March 24, 2015 | NPR · A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.
 

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March 23, 2015 | NPR · Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.
 

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March 23, 2015 | NPR · John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing “devastating effects of captivity” on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld’s Christopher Dold says such criticism is “unfounded.”
 

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March 22, 2015 | NPR · Last year, a woman in rural India said that she’d been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.
 

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March 21, 2015 | NPR · Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world’s 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she’s a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.
 

 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean’s edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
 

Arts & Life

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · On today’s Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of “blind faith.” The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard’s novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, “I look at this show as Elmore Leonard’s show, and we’re all in service of him.”
 

Music

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · The multi-talented musician performs her solo material on stage in West Virginia.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · Hear the sounds of the Irish traditional music scene in the U.S., from the 1920s to today.
 

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