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Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger that replaces the beef with a deep-fried tofu patty.

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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:32pm

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.

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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:16pm

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.

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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:20pm

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.

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Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:56am

During a press conference about NBC's new fall drama State of Affairs, TV critic Eric Deggans asked the show's star an "elephant in the room" question.

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Book News: Famed Philosopher Accused Of Plagiarizing White Separatist Journal

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:01am

Also: Joshua Rothman on Virginia Woolf; the winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

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

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.

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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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