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There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

4 hours 19 min ago

Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.

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There's Much More To Apples Than Meets The Eye

4 hours 20 min ago

Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.

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Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

8 hours 8 min ago

Also: the man who dug through John Updike's trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.

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Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'

9 hours 4 min ago

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

September 1, 2014 - 4:07pm

The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.

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After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

September 1, 2014 - 9:26am

Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.

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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

September 1, 2014 - 7:03am

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

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MK Asante's Poem 'In Summer' Honors Paul Laurence Dunbar

September 1, 2014 - 4:58am

MK Asante reads a poem composed for Morning Edition titled, "In Summer." The Baltimore-based writer says it is in tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African-American poet.

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Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

September 1, 2014 - 3:16am

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

August 31, 2014 - 6:01pm

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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Fast-Talking 21-Year-Old Makes A Winning Bid For Auctioneer Glory

August 31, 2014 - 5:40pm

Auctioneering runs in Blaine Lotz's blood; he says he was "pretty near born in a livestock market." Now, he's won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship — the Super Bowl of auctioneering.

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Native American Artists Reclaim Images That Represent Them

August 31, 2014 - 11:47am

While debates over the use of Native American imagery and heritage roil on, Native creators and entrepreneurs are asserting control over their own visual narratives.

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The Same Until You Shuffle

August 31, 2014 - 8:03am

Every answer this week is a made-up two-word phrase, in which both words start with 'S' and they're anagrams of each other.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

August 31, 2014 - 7:46am

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

August 31, 2014 - 7:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

August 31, 2014 - 5:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

August 30, 2014 - 6:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

August 30, 2014 - 6:34pm

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

August 30, 2014 - 5:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

August 30, 2014 - 7:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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