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With 'So Much Trouble In The World,' Music Calms Theater Director

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:49am

As Center Stage's artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah has brought British talent and style to Baltimore. For Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear,' he shares the music that soothes him.

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'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:49am

In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons were a key part of the civil rights movement.

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Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:48am

Putting on a wedding in New York City can be financial suicide. But one young couple, profiled in Fast Company, say they priced their upcoming celebration at just $10,000 by using online startups.

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A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 9:03am

The NPR education team brings you 25 books with minority characters and authors.

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The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:40am

Among the demographic groups making themselves known in pop culture of the moment are a subset of YA fandom that's making heroes out of fiction writers across several genres.

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Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 6:48am

In the province of Granada in Southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged in caverns. The caves have been a place of refuge for centuries. Now they provide a new kind of escape.

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Book News: Experimental Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Baileys Prize

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 6:05am

Also: A book at one of Harvard's libraries is "without a doubt bound in human skin"; J.K. Rowling has released an excerpt of her new novel.

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Suspense Along The Sepik With The Young Scientists Of 'Euphoria'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 6:03am

Lily King's new novel was inspired by a real-life moment in 1933, when the lives of anthropologist Margaret Mead and two of her husbands intersected on an expedition to the Sepik River in New Guinea.

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Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:31am

Turan says movies are like friends — they speak to you, and can even change your life. In his new book, he shares some personal favorites, and explains why the magic of the movies endures.

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John Green's 'Stars' Shines Bright On The Silver Screen

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:30am

The Fault in Our Stars hits cinemas this week, causing mass outbursts of tears. Author John Green based the character on a real-life girl with cancer — and his own feelings of growing up an outsider.

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'Nerd Fighters' Mobilize For Film Premiere, Armed With Favorite Lines

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:08pm

John Green's love story, The Fault in Our Stars, is a cult classic for young readers. The film adaptation comes out Friday, and excitement has reached a fever pitch among middle-schoolers obsessed with the book.

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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 2:19pm

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.

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Anika Noni Rose Breathes New Life Into Classic 'Raisin In The Sun'

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:26am

The latest Broadway revival of one family's quest for a better life has been nominated for five Tony Awards this year. Michel Martin speaks with actress Anika Noni Rose.

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'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:03am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse takes on two new thrillers, David Ignatius' ripped-from-the-headlines cyber-adventure The Director, and former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' fiction debut, Night Heron.

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'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 6:00am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse takes on two new thrillers, David Ignatius' ripped-from-the-headlines cyber-adventure The Director and former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' fiction debut, Night Heron.

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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 4:36pm

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

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In 'Night Moves,' Filmmaker Dredges The Tension That Lives In Quiet

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:08pm

Director Kelly Reichardt lets her films live in the spaces of words unsaid. Her latest movie, Night Moves, is no different different; it's sparse and deliberately paced. She speaks about her work.

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Book Review: 'The Director' and 'Night Heron'

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:08pm

Alan Cheuse reviews two new spy novels: David Igantius' The Director and Adam Brookes' Night Heron.

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Do Female-Named Hurricanes Need To Lean In?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:22pm

A new study finds storms named after women are less fearsome, it turns out, than those named after men. You know what that means: Time to give advice to lady hurricanes about being better hurricanes.

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Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:11am

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.

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