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'Sally Heathcote' Rescues Women's Suffrage From The Doldrums

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A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.

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A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

September 21, 2014 - 5:29pm

When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.

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It May Be 'Perfectly Normal', But It's Also Frequently Banned

September 21, 2014 - 5:00pm

It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.

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Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

September 21, 2014 - 5:00pm

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.

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In 'Transparent', Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

September 21, 2014 - 4:40pm

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.

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Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

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Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

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Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.

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Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

September 21, 2014 - 7:45am

David Rector was a long-time NPR producer — and comic book geek — before being felled by a terrible brain injury. Now, his fiancee is spearheading the creation of a comic book based on Rector's story.

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The Stories In 'Bright Shards' Glimmer With Empathetic Power

September 21, 2014 - 5:31am

The characters in Monica McFawn's short stories range from a gambling nanny to a butterfly-selling mathematician. Each story is full of carefully observed human detail and flashes of brilliance.

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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

September 20, 2014 - 4:55pm

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.

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Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

September 20, 2014 - 10:14am

Since we specialize in asking people things they know nothing about, we've decided to ask Rick Steves three questions about the people out there in the world who have his name, but reversed.

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Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

September 20, 2014 - 7:34am

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.

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Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

September 20, 2014 - 7:03am

For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.

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Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair

September 20, 2014 - 7:03am

A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.

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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

September 20, 2014 - 5:11am

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.

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For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

September 19, 2014 - 5:26pm

Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.

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Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

September 19, 2014 - 5:25pm

It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

September 19, 2014 - 4:15pm

As The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography on how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

September 19, 2014 - 4:15pm

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

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