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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:31am

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.

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On 'Wizard Wars,' Contestants Must Make Magic From The Mundane

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:01pm

SyFy's new show has up-and-coming magicians compete for cash by creating illusions out of ordinary objects. Angela Funovits is a mentalist, a dermatologist — and one of the show's expert "wizards."

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Medical Examiner: 'Staying Alive Is Mostly Common Sense'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 2:11pm

Forget what CSI told you about the job: it's less about solving crimes and more about accidents. Judy Melinek hopes to paint a more accurate picture of the profession in her new book, Working Stiff.

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'Working Stiff' Shows The Real Life Of A Death Investigator

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:26am

Medical Examiner Judy Melinek's new book gives the gruesome details and emotional stories of the bodies she dissects. Death is just another part of her job.

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At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:55am

At a hospice in Nashville, volunteers sing hymns and lullabies to the dying. They're part of a national organization that uses music to soothe life's final passage.

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Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.

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Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.

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A Tumultuous Journey Along This 'Narrow Road'

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:03am

Richard Flanagan's new novel follows a Tasmanian-born doctor, captured by the Japanese during WWII, who ends up caring for prisoners of war working on the notorious Thailand-Burma Death Railway.

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Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:27am

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."

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Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:27am

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."

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Forbidden 'Lace': A Book That Belonged To The Convent Girls In Zimbabwe

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:23am

At Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe, then 16-year old writer Irene Sabatini and her classmates swooned over the opulence, sex and strength portrayed by the women in Shirley Conran's Lace.

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Forbidden 'Lace': A Book That Belonged To The Convent Girls In Zimbabwe

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:23am

At Dominican Convent High School in Zimbabwe, then-16-year old writer Irene Sabatini and her classmates swooned over the opulence, sex and strength portrayed by the women in Shirley Conran's Lace.

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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:18pm

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.

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A Night At The Museum ... With Robots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:18pm

For five nights at London's Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.

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On The Track, The 'First Lady' Of Audi Calls The Shots

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:20pm

Leena Gade of Audi Sport oversees mechanics, engineers and drivers. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the Le Mans.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with auther Martha Woodruff.

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An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

Lowry's father didn't have Alzheimer's, but as he began to forget his past, the author says she began to imagine a book about eliminating painful memories. The Giver has just been adapted into a film.

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