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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500 
    In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.


25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500 
    Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.


India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:33:00 -0500 
    Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.


Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else 
  Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:04:00 -0500 
    The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.


'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower 
  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:09:00 -0500 
    Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.


How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich 
  Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:17:00 -0500 
    Karen Dawisha's new book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia shows how Russian president Vladimir Putin has enabled his cronies to become enormously wealthy under his kleptocratic rule.


What Does It Take To Cover A War? 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500 
    Reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered countless wars, including conflict in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of everyday human courage in conflict zones.


What Does Everyday Courage Look Like? 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500 
    Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.


What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine? 
  Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500 
    Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.


Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite' 
  Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:18:00 -0500 
    Scott Saul's new book, Becoming Richard Pryor, describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.


The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran 
  Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:55:00 -0500 
    Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.


Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers 
  Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:37:00 -0500 
    Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.


WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading 
  Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:54:00 -0500 
    In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.


Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer 
  Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:10:00 -0500 
    Strong Inside tells the story of the first black player in college basketball's Southeastern Conference. Wallace says the hard work of integration is "a gritty, dirty, ugly business."


Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction 
  Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:35:00 -0500 
    Katherine Paterson describes the inspiration behind her best-known children's book, as well as tales from her childhood in China and missionary work in Japan, in her new memoir, Stories of My Life.
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