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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:22:00 -0400 
    James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.


'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:58:36 -0400 
    Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.


Bradley's 'China Mirage' Portrays A Long-Running U.S. Mistake In Asia 
  Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.


After 20 Years On The Job, NYC Police Officer Tells His Intense Stories 
  Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:25:00 -0400 
    "Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears," Steve Osborne says. "And you got one second to get it right." He retired from the force in 2003. His memoir is called The Job.


No Demons, No Angels: Attica Locke Aims For Black Characters Who Are Human 
  Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:51:00 -0400 
    In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV's Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. "You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff," she says. "We exist in the middle."


'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life 
  Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:58:00 -0400 
    "It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.


Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night' 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:18:00 -0400 
    What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.


Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World' 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:27 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.


'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:45:00 -0400 
    Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.


Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:21:00 -0400 
    Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."


Culinary Siblings Give Pasta A Healthy Makeover 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:05 -0400 
    In a low-carb world, pasta has issues. But it's poised for a comeback, say Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who talk with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about their cookbook, Healthy Pasta.


At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment' 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400 
    Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.


From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise 
  Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:32:00 -0400 
    Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.


Revisiting The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Shot 150 Years Ago 
  Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln. Renee Montagne talks to author James Swanson at Ford's Theatre. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 12, 2009 on Morning Edition).


Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy' 
  Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:40:00 -0400 
    The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."
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