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Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400 
    Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.


John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:27 -0400 
    The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever." Originally broadcast June 10.


Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty 
  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:33:00 -0400 
    Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.


Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books 
  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:02:00 -0400 
    Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.


Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."


Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight 
  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 03:26:00 -0400 
    In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.


In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers' 
  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0400 
    Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.


Feiffer Draws On 1930s Noir In 'Kill My Mother' 
  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:54:06 -0400 
    NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. At age 85, he's written his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother.


Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home' 
  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:54:00 -0400 
    Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.


Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions 
  Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:12:00 -0400 
    This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.


Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:06:00 -0400 
    Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.


Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400 
    Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.


Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400 
    In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.


When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:56:00 -0400 
    Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of The New Geography of Jobs.


A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members' 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:05:00 -0400 
    The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.
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