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William T. Vollmann Tells 'Last Stories And Other Stories'

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:03pm

"I've always wanted to write fiction and nonfiction at the same time," Vollmann says. In recent years he's written nonfiction, but his new work is a collection of stories about love, lust and ghosts.

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Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:51am

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, insists historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book, "Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic."

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A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 7:03am

Every answer is a word starting with "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.

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Confessions Of A Former 'Sweet Valley High' Addict

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:25am

Although she's loath to admit it, author Cristina Henriquez used to love Sweet Valley High. She explains why this "all-American" series meant so much to her as an awkward half-Panamanian 5th grader.

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Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.

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'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.

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Ellar Coltrane Speaks Of Growing Up On Screen In 'Boyhood'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

Film director Richard Linklater's latest movie, Boyhood, was shot over 12 years. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks with the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane, who's spent over a decade shooting the movie.

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'Angels' FInd Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to an interracial enclave in New Jersey.

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Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:36am

NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.

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History In The Groove: Q&A With Author (And 78 Collector) Amanda Petrusich

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:03am

There's a vibrant collecting community for old 78rpm records, ancestors of today's iTunes single. Music writer Amanda Petrusich got sucked in while writing her new book, Do Not Sell at Any Price.

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A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing'

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:35am

Robin Black's Life Drawing follows an artist couple working through the pain of a past betrayal. "It's ... a fascinating subject," Black says. "Who stays together and how do they manage it?"

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Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 5:56pm

If you think downhill ski racing is dangerous, then you've never seen the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races, in which competitors hurl their bodies down a steep hill, chasing a wheel of cheese.

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In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:37pm

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.

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After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:37pm

In the early 1960s, abstract artist Mark Rothko created five murals for a penthouse dining room at Harvard University. By the late '70s they were trashed — sun-faded and splattered with cocktails.

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Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:38pm

Richard Linklater's new film took 12 years to make and tracks the actual youth and adolescence of its lead actor. Critic Bob Mondello says Boyhood is a rich and resonant portrait of real life.

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In A Remarkable Feat, 'Boyhood' Makes Time Visible

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:28pm

Boyhood is about a boy in Texas whose parents have separated. Filmed over 12 years, audiences watch him grow up — and his worldview evolve. The cumulative power of the movie is tremendous.

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It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:52am

This summer, Kenya artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer Frederica Boswell shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.

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