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In Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn,' A Curious Child Recreates Her Dominican Roots

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 4:00am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new children's book follows Lola, a young Dominican-American who is "haunted by the fact that she was born on an island that she can't remember," Díaz says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dial Books for Young Readers)

A New Rail Line In Lahore May Damage Heritage Sites, Activists In Pakistan Warn

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 1:03pm

With help from China, Pakistan's government is building a 16-mile-long metro in Lahore to ease traffic. But it comes with a catch. It passes near many of the city's historical buildings.

(Image credit: Diaa Hadid for NPR)

In 'No Turning Back,' The 'Epic' Journeys Of Four Syrians In Wartime

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

Journalist Rania Abouzeid has had a front-row view of the Syrian conflict since its beginning. Her new book tracks people through the six chaotic years following the first peaceful protests.

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Partition, Through A Child's Eyes, In 'The Night Diary'

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

Veera Hiranandani's new book is a coming of age story, for both her half-Muslim, half-Hindu heroine, 12-year-old Nisha, and Nisha's country — which is about to split into India and Pakistan.

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Here's How The Time's Up Legal Defense Fund Actually Works

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:16am

The fund was created to help defray the legal costs for women who've been sexually harassed. It's kind of like a matchmaking service that pairs alleged victims with local attorneys.

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An Ode To Leftover Curry: The Next-Day Treasure Of Coastal India

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 7:00am

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, the reason behind kalchi koddi, a tasty staple of Goa.

(Image credit: Joanna Lobo)

Nun Involved In Katy Perry Convent Lawsuit Collapses And Dies In Court

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 4:26pm

A sister involved in a years-long legal dispute with pop star Katy Perry over a sprawling 8-acre former convent died during a court proceeding related to the case Friday.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Economist Austan Goolsbee On Home Economics

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:16am

The former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama returns to the program for three questions about a different kind of economy.

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Novelist Peter Carey Confronts Dark History In 'A Long Way From Home'

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:07am

Carey says that as an Australian writer, he "couldn't not write" about Australia's mistreatment of its Aboriginal people. "This is the fundamental, bloody circumstance of my country," he says.

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One Final Road Trip Takes A 'Census' Of The Hurt In The World

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 7:07am

Jesse Ball's latest novel pairs a terminally ill man and his adult son, who has Down syndrome, in a mysterious hunt for information. Also, tattoos — they give out a lot of tattoos.

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'Children Of Blood And Bone' Is A Feast For Hungry Readers

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 6:00am

Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel is a fast-paced hero's quest through a rich, West-African-inspired fantasy world-- and a seamless mix of empowerment and rip-roaring storytelling.

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Beset By Sexual Harassment Claims, Sherman Alexie Declines Literary Prize

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:42pm

The American Library Association acknowledges the writer's decision not to accept the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. He was chosen for his memoir about his mother.

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Why The Revival Of 'American Idol' Might Just Work

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:19pm

ABC will revive Fox's onetime blockbuster music competition American Idol on Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the first episode reveals lots of reasons why the reboot was probably a bad idea — including a tarnished host in Ryan Seacrest. But there are also a couple of surprising arguments for why it just might work.

'Children Of Blood And Bone' Tackles Heavy Themes In A Magical World

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:19pm

Tomi Adeyemi's highly anticipated debut novel, Children Of Blood And Bone, is a high fantasy rooted in reality — from African mythology to Black Lives Matter protests.

Storm Reid Says Making 'A Wrinkle In Time' Was 'A Dream Come True'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 3:19pm

The new film follows her character across the universe on a quest for her missing father. Reid says it was important "to be able to not only see myself but represent other girls that looked like me."

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From Refugees To Politics, Mohsin Hamid Writes The Change He Wants To See

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:33pm

"All of us who are writers are doing something that actually matters," Hamid says. His novel, Exit West, follows a couple deciding whether to flee their homeland. Originally broadcast March 8, 2017.

With Go-For-Broke Exuberance, 'A Wrinkle In Time' Celebrates The Power Of Love

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:33pm

Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel assets that a young girl's imagination can change the world. Critic Justin Chang says despite some gaudiness, the film has its own kind of magic.

The Great Norwegian Porridge Debate, Or Tradition Vs. 'Science'

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:34am

In 1864, a male scientist tried to "porridge-splain" how to make proper gruel to Norwegian women who had been making it for centuries. It caused quite a stir and didn't work out so well for him.

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Why Is Music So Good At Conveying Emotion?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas traces the history of classical music, revealing its power to present a variety of complex human emotions.

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Kang Lee: Can Technology Detect Our Hidden Emotions?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Developmental researcher Kang Lee says scientists can detect emotions by reading subtle physiological signals beneath the surface of our skin.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman / TED)




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