Books

Coffee House Press
December 21, 2014 | NPR · Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood’s legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he’s here for all your holiday advice needs.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this “empire of ice and isolation,” he says, food is essential to morale.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba’s imprint on the American imagination.
 

AP
December 19, 2014 | NPR · The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014′s biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a “retail-standard environment” akin to coffee shops.
 

 

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News

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · North Korea’s National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America “in all war spaces including cyber warfare space.”
 

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December 22, 2014 | SCPR · A high-profile school tech program; a federal corruption investigation and the resignation of the superintendent.
 

Arts & Life

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December 22, 2014 | KUNC · At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. “We have kind of a corner on the market” for grass-fed beef, says one sister. “People just kind of believe in it.”
 

Coffee House Press
December 21, 2014 | NPR · Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.
 

AP
December 21, 2014 | NPR · The actress stars in the new film Into the Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she’s a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
 

Music

December 22, 2014 | NPR · Dig below the strata of pop songs so ubiquitous you can’t stand to hear them any more, and you’ll find plenty of riches in the Top 40, from country crossover to innovative R&B and classic pop.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 21, 2014 | NPR · How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? “Put a little Outkast to it,” the soul singer says.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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