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'Locking Up Our Own' Details The Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

April 18, 2017 - 12:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author James Forman, Jr., about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. It tells the story of how African Americans in law enforcement made the war on drugs very much their war.

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'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

April 18, 2017 - 10:12am

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She describes that era in her new memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

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The Line Between Love (Songs) And Horror Just Got Even Blurrier

April 18, 2017 - 7:00am

The Police's "Every Breath You Take" was already a pretty creepy song. Now, it and many other love songs have been re-envisioned as the covers of Stephen King-style horror paperbacks.

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'My Cat Yugoslavia' Needs A Good Brushing

April 18, 2017 - 3:00am

Pajtim Statovci's debut novel follows a Kosovar immigrant to Finland who meets a singularly unpleasant anthropomorphic cat in a Finnish gay bar. But while the story is imaginative, it lacks polish.

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Anxious Nations React Fearfully To Rapid Influx Of Migrants, Hamid Says

April 18, 2017 - 1:04am

Amid the rise of nationalism, David Greene talks to Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, who sees migration as an inalienable human right. His new novel is called, Exit West.

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'Shattered' Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream

April 18, 2017 - 1:00am

A new book goes behind the scenes of Clinton's presidential bid. "There is no Big Reveal," says NPR's Ron Elving. "Instead we get a slow-building case against [her campaign's] concept and execution."

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'The Epitome Of New York Cool': Letterman Biographer On Late Night Icon

April 17, 2017 - 12:30pm

David Letterman, one of the most famous people in America, is an enigma. Jason Zinoman's new book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, looks at the late night talk show host's long career and the impact it still has on broadcasting today.

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Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Reveal A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans

April 17, 2017 - 9:26am

Members of the Osage Indian Nation became very wealthy in the 1920s after oil deposits were found on their land. Then local whites began targeting the tribe. Journalist David Grann tells the story.

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In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

April 17, 2017 - 12:44am

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them.

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'A People's History Of Chicago' Reflects A Spectrum Of Experiences

April 16, 2017 - 1:38pm

Poet and author Kevin Coval talks about his new book of poems, A People's History of Chicago. The book tells the stories of the city's marginalized communities.

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Michael Nesmith On 'Infinite Tuesday' And Touring With Hendrix

April 16, 2017 - 4:12am

In his new memoir, the one-time member of The Monkees recalls befriending John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, who opened for the band on a 1967 tour. (That didn't last long.)

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'The Book Of Joan' Recasts A Historic Heroine — In Space

April 16, 2017 - 4:12am

Lidia Yuknavitch's fascination with Joan of Arc informs her new novel, set in a grim future where humanity is sexless and ageless, prisoners in a technological hell ruled by a malevolent billionaire.

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Philanthropy In America Is Becoming 'Ideological Arms Race,' Author Says

April 16, 2017 - 4:04am

Many of the richest citizens are reshaping public policy, and society, as they see fit. Because of their numbers, they have more influence than the philanthropists of the past, David Callahan says.

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A Strange Odyssey Through Bulgaria In 'Shadow Land'

April 16, 2017 - 3:00am

Elizabeth Kostova's deep love for her adopted homeland grounds this story of a young American woman in Sofia, who finds a mysterious urn full of ashes and has to piece together the lives behind it.

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The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

April 16, 2017 - 1:00am

An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.

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