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Author Interviews
4:11 am
Sat September 20, 2014

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

In many families of Afghanistan, the birth of a girl is mourned. While boys are seen as blessings, girls are considered burdens and forced to live a strict life of limited options. They can't leave the house alone; they're not educated; and they're dressed in clothes that conceal them and literally restrict their view of the world.

But some young girls find a way to fight that for at least a few years.

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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

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NPR Bestseller List
5:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 18, 2014

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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers
5:03 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

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This Week's Must Read
4:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

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

This was not the way America wanted the NFL season to start.

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Book Reviews
4:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

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

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

This time of year always reminds me of a wonderfully autumnal poem called "How to Like It," by Stephen Dobyns. Set in "the first days of fall," the poem describes a man whose summer seems long over: Old memories weigh on him, and new adventures feel just out of reach.

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Author Interviews
3:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

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Europe
3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

'Braveheart' Writer 'Heartbroken' Over Scottish Referendum

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:23 pm

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Code Switch
3:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

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

The Cosby Show starred Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad as Cliff and Clair Huxtable, an upper-middle-class couple in New York. Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Lisa Bonet and Keshia Knight Pulliam played four of their five children.
Frank Carroll AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:59 pm

The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday on Saturday.

It was a monster hit inspired by the comedy and life experiences of its star, Bill Cosby, as shown in the new biography Cosby: His Life and Times. In the book, author Mark Whitaker makes a strong argument that Cosby's comedic style and approach to race issues turned The Cosby Show into television's most quietly subversive program.

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Food
3:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Goodband compares these Knobbed Russets to shrunken heads. Others say potatoes or toads. They're all gnarled and warty and brown, but don't be intimidated: They taste great when ripe. They originated in Sussex, England, in 1819.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

It's apple season, and if you go to the supermarket you'll find the usual suspects: Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, MacIntosh. But these big, shiny, perfect apples often look better than they taste. Thankfully, there's a whole world of heirloom apples out there — fruit that may look funky, but tastes fantastic, with flavors unlike any you've tried before.

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Movie Interviews
3:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In Tijuana

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

Fifteen years ago, two men from Tijuana came up with a new style of music called Nortec — a mix of norteno and techno. They called themselves Bostich and Fussible, but combined, they are the Nortec Collective. Over the years they have gathered multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Now they are out with their latest and last album, Motel Baja.

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Movie Reviews
12:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Detective's 'Walk Among The Tombstones' Is Gripping But Unsatisfying

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Author Interviews
12:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability — it was an important part of the personal narrative that helped him win the presidency.

Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.

The Salt
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Women Can't Make Sushi, And Other Fishy Myths, Busted

One of the delicious tricks we picked up at sushi school: how to make this spicy salmon cucumber and crunchy shrimp roll.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:45 pm

The once rarefied taste of raw fish has now become an American staple.

Sushi is found at the humblest of supermarkets and on conveyor belt restaurants at the mall.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is on the fiction longlist of the National Book Awards.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:00 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Community Event
9:08 am
Fri September 19, 2014

African Drumming At Southwind Park On Saturday

Saturday will be the Kilimanjaro Rumble: An African Drum Jamboree at Southwind Park in Springfield. There will be various genres of drum and dance. Roosevelt Pratt owns Fashion Afrique boutique and cultural center in Springfield, he is hosting the event and says its a way to foster unity in the capital city. He joined us for this interview about the event:

CLICK HERE for more info about the event. 5 to 8pm on Saturday September 20th at Southwind Park in Springfield. 

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?

"It's one of those moments in your life where you're so conscious about what you're about to do, and what you're about to do will change your life." --€” Geena Rocero
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:22 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Geena Rocero's Talk

For most of Geena Rocero's career modeling lingerie and swimsuits, no one knew she was born a boy. Rocero talks about her decision to risk her career and reveal her background.

About Geena Rocero

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace?

"In that instant I realized how much energy it takes to hold that hatred inside of you" — Zak Ebrahim
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:19 pm

Part 1 of TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Zak Ebrahim's TED Talk

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.

About Zak Ebrahim

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder?

"Oftentimes it feels like we're literally talking about another person ... I've had moments where I've cried for that young man that I was" — Shaka Senghor
Brittany Buongiorno TED

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:50 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Transformation.

About Shaka Senghor's Talk

At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.

About Shaka Senghor

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Movie Reviews
7:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Terry Gilliam Sees Future Through Familiar Eyes In 'The Zero Theorem'

Christoph Waltz plays a genius programmer in The Zero Theorem.
Voltage Pictures

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:59 am

Given that Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem first screened at the Venice Film Festival last year, it's absolutely coincidental that it's getting a theatrical release in the same season as the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything. Nevertheless, the confluence works well. Both are films about searches for a mathematical theory that will explain all existence — from its beginning in a big bang to, in Zero Theorem at least, its return to a black hole.

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Movie Reviews
7:53 am
Fri September 19, 2014

A Tall And Silly Tale Signifies Nothing In 'Tusk'

In Kevin Smith's best movies — and his worst ones, for that matter — the characters talk a whole lot of nonsense. That's also true of Tusk, the writer-director's second foray into horror. This time, the villain actually follows through on his nutty chatter. But he still spends a lot more time talking than torturing.

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Movie Reviews
7:53 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Crossing The Desert, Making 'Tracks'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:07 am

Scenic and a touch bloodless, Tracks is a tastefully off-Hollywood version of the upcoming Wild. Wild is bound to make a lot more noise, and not just because it has Reese Witherspoon in the lead as a grief-stricken Cheryl Strayed hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to get over her beloved mother's death. Tracks is a little too subdued for its own good.

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Movie Reviews
7:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'This Is Where I Leave You' Makes A Family Story Too Ordinary

Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll play the quarrelsome Altman siblings, each with their own share of emotional baggage.
Nicole Rivelli Warner Brothers Pictures

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:48 am

Ordinariness is a quality in movies that likely bothers critics and enthusiasts more than it does other people. The more films you see, the more the enemy becomes not just poor quality but familiarity, simply because even an inoffensive cliche becomes a cinematic earworm after a while — something that makes your brain flinch simply at the "this again!" of it all. This Is Where I Leave You, a family comedy-drama adapted by Jonathan Tropper from his 2009 novel, is unfortunately a very ordinary film, particularly for one adapted from such a thoughtful and tonally tricky book.

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Monkey See
7:51 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Fall Films Preview And Betting On New Television

NPR

We've had a lively summer on PCHH, full of live events and quizzes and special guests and even Stephen hosting episodes (!) (kidding!), but this week, we've got our pal Bob Mondello in the studio for some good old-fashioned movie and TV chatter.

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Book News & Features
5:50 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:57 am

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Movie Reviews
4:04 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Movie Review: 'Last Days In Vietnam'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:57 am

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Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

So we tried to get into a movie the other night but couldn't get a ticket for the one we wanted. "Last Days In Vietnam" was sold out, which probably does not surprise LA Times and MORNING EDITION critic Kenneth Turan.

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Code Switch
4:52 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

Broadway, New York City.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

OK, I sort of made it to Broadway. It's WNYC's Greene Space in SoHo, the New York City neighborhood.

Friday is date night. But even if you are flying solo, come join us in person, or on Twitter.

We have a terrific lineup of some of the most exciting playwrights working today to talk about Broadway.

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Author Interviews
2:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

In a March 2014 TED talk, Ebrahim credited The Daily Show's Jon Stewart with helping him realize that "a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character."
Ryan Lash

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:39 pm

When Zak Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father, El Sayyid Nosair, assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-Orthodox, anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. That was in 1990.

Then, from prison, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — and was later convicted as one of the conspirators.

Ebrahim was shocked to learn what his father was capable of. So was Ebrahim's mother. Ebrahim writes his story in his new memoir, The Terrorist's Son.

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