Books

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Graphic novelist Emily Carroll’s gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise “Lou” Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami’s new book; notable books coming out this week.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
 

July 27, 2014 | NPR · Andrea Camilleri’s Angelica’s Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It’s not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri’s trademark charm is still in place.
 

July 27, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Greg McKeown doesn’t believe in “doing it all.” In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.
 

 

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News

July 30, 2014 | NPR · A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama’s desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
 

July 30, 2014 | NWNews · Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.
 

Arts & Life

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it’s about sex.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
 

Music

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Azekel, Beach Day, Strand of Oaks, The Wytches, Christian Gregory, KING, Jonah Tolchin and The Acid.
 

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July 29, 2014 | WXPN · For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician’s melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

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