Books

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Lawrence Wright’s new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had “never been angrier,” Wright says.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn’t like hipsters.
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · Also: writers ask Amazon’s board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.
 

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · Ellroy’s new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.
 

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.
 

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · Everyone wants to “make a difference” but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.
 

September 14, 2014 | NPR · Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley’s new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.
 

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She’s also working on a project that’s all about the future: a book that won’t be read for a century.
 

 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The change in running back Adrian Peterson’s status will require him to stay away from the team while he takes care of legal proceedings regarding child abuse charges.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · The doctor spoke of “the horror that this disease visits upon its victims” and told a joint Senate committee hearing that he favors U.S. military intervention to fight it.
 

Arts & Life

 MacArthur Foundation
September 17, 2014 | NPR · This year’s winners include a cartoonist, a documentarian, a leader in the legal fight for gay marriage, a saxophonist, mathematicians and scientists, poets, lawyers and advocates.
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine’s first 100 years.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Lawrence Wright’s new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had “never been angrier,” Wright says.
 

Music

September 16, 2014 | NPR · One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920′s on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s episode, we share new music from the producer Daniel Lanois, a previously unreleased track from a Bedhead box set, solo material from Phil Selway, and recent discovery Niagara.
 

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September 16, 2014 | WXPN · The singer-songwriter returns to the show to play songs from his new two-disc retrospective.
 

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