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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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'Wait To Worry' About Challenges

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:08am

When his cancer went into remission, columnist Steven Petrow was overwhelmed by the fear that it would return. But it taught him a philosophy that helped him cope: wait to worry.

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'Kingfisher' Girls Will Dance Their Way Into Your Heart

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 6:03am

Genevieve Valentine's new novel, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, uproots the classic fairy tale of the 12 dancing princesses and replants it in the speakeasies of Prohibition-era New York City.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 2:28am

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.

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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:59pm

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.

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Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:26pm

The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books.

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Sandwich Monday: Caffeinated Beef Jerky

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:36pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Perky Jerky. It's dried meat loaded with caffeine to fuel everything from athletic pursuits to midmorning breaks in the office.

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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:07pm

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."

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'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:48am

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.

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'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:48am

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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