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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

July 29, 2014 - 4:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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Sex And The Single Churl: Another 'Bachelorette' Finale Gets Weird

July 29, 2014 - 2:05pm

Monday night's Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it's about sex.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

July 29, 2014 - 2:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

July 29, 2014 - 2:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

July 29, 2014 - 2:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

July 29, 2014 - 1:56pm

Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni On Change: 'Approach It With A Smile'

July 29, 2014 - 1:56pm

Host Michel Martin speaks with poet Nikki Giovanni about the role art can play during major, often challenging, moments of transition.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

July 29, 2014 - 11:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

July 29, 2014 - 9:39am

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

July 29, 2014 - 7:35am

Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

July 29, 2014 - 4:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

July 29, 2014 - 4:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

July 28, 2014 - 5:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It's the Korean steak from Rhea's Market and Deli in San Francisco.

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Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'

July 28, 2014 - 4:09pm

Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.

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Box Office Wallows In A Summer Slump, And Some Seek To Find Out Why

July 28, 2014 - 4:09pm

Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.

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Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

July 28, 2014 - 4:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons

July 28, 2014 - 7:21am

Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

July 27, 2014 - 5:11pm

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

July 27, 2014 - 5:02pm

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

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At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

July 27, 2014 - 8:11am

An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.

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