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New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

October 19, 2017 - 12:16pm

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

October 19, 2017 - 10:34am

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids' Late Fees

October 19, 2017 - 8:19am

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

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The Book That Changed The Borders

October 19, 2017 - 7:06am

On this show, we show how the book "Borderlands" has been integrated into the Chicana and feminist literary canon.

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Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

October 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

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Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

October 19, 2017 - 2:01am

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

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Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

October 19, 2017 - 1:04am

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

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Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

October 19, 2017 - 1:00am

Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

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In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

October 18, 2017 - 11:28am

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

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Where Do We Come From?

October 18, 2017 - 7:06am

Look in a microscope to find out.

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'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen Thriller

October 18, 2017 - 6:00am

Malinda Lo's new book sets up a classic conflict — townie kids versus prep schoolers — and adds nuanced queer characters. Despite a flawed second half, A Line in the Dark has much to offer.

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Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

October 18, 2017 - 3:00am

The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet.

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

October 17, 2017 - 1:18pm

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

October 17, 2017 - 10:41am

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

October 17, 2017 - 10:19am

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

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The Father Of Microfinance Has A Plan To Fix Capitalism

October 17, 2017 - 7:18am

He started a revolution in lending … now he's hoping to create a new financial system based on altruism.

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Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Tom Hanks' well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

October 17, 2017 - 12:58am

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

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