Books

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · Don’t be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It’s a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, “international cat of mystery” William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR’s Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.
 

April 24, 2015 | NPR · James Ward’s new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR’s Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.
 

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April 23, 2015 | NPR · Two new books focus on the culinary lives of these two artists. Turns out, their approaches to food provide a new way of thinking about their two very different approaches to art.
 

April 23, 2015 | NPR · Sydney Padua’s rollicking graphic novel about computing pioneers Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace transforms punch cards and little brass cogs into the stuff of legend, says critic Etelka Lehoczky.
 

Timothy Greenfield Sanders
April 22, 2015 | NPR · The Nobel Prize winner has become a giant in the literary world, but reviewer Saeed Jones says that her latest novel can only stand with confidence when it has the idea of the author as its spine.
 

April 22, 2015 | NPR · Molly Tanzer’s grit-and-ghosts adventure follows a young woman tasked with guiding troubled spirits in a colorfully diverse, alternate-history Wild West, full of talking animals and vampires.
 

April 21, 2015 | NPR · “Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears,” Steve Osborne says. “And you got one second to get it right.” He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.
 

April 21, 2015 | NPR · A reissue of four of the detective writer’s 1950s novels excavates the dark depths of California’s suburban decay. Maureen Corrigan praises Macdonald’s “psychological depth” and “penetrating vision.”
 

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Åsne Seierstad’s new book retells the story of Norway’s Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.
 

 

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News

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · The powerful temblor hit north of the capital Kathmandu and also killed people in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh. Authorities fear the death toll could go much higher.
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · The first rounds of NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. NPR’s Scott Simon gets an update from ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant.
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon takes a walk through the neighborhoods of West Baltimore to talk with residents in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.
 

Arts & Life

April 25, 2015 | NPR · We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon’s “A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford.”
 

Courtesy of Riverhead Books
April 25, 2015 | NPR · Don’t be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It’s a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).
 

April 25, 2015 | NPR · When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, “international cat of mystery” William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR’s Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.
 

Music

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · Hatred of bands is often about association — about the story of ourselves that we’re comfortable telling the world.
 

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.
 

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April 25, 2015 | NPR · On the eclectic group’s new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that’s hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.
 

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