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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y. 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.


A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist 
  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:17:00 -0400 
    In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.


A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game' 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:03:30 -0400 
    In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.


'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:32:00 -0400 
    Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.


In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:45:00 -0400 
    In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.


50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert 
  Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:12:00 -0400 
    It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.


An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart' 
  Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:47:00 -0400 
    An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.


In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife 
  Sat, 25 Jul 2015 05:35:00 -0400 
    Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.


'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow 
  Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:21:00 -0400 
    Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.


Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades Of Jane 
  Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:34:00 -0400 
    Author Curtis Sittenfeld talks about her new book Entitled, and gets quizzed on the many differences (AND similarities!) between Pride and Prejudice and E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.


A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect' Wave 
  Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    "Waves are not stationary objects in nature. They're not diamonds or roses or something that you just look at," says New Yorker journalist William Finnegan. His new memoir is called Barbarian Days.


Written In Spanish About Belgium By A Colombian, 'It Feels American' 
  Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:09:00 -0400 
    Nearly 15 years after his story collection was published in Spanish, Juan Gabriel Vásquez's Lovers on All Saints' Day has gotten an English translation. He explains the book's patchwork provenance.


Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers 
  Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:48:00 -0400 
    They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.


Contriving Characters From Celebrity Culture For 'Lizzie Pepper' 
  Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author and celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin about her new novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper. Liftin describes the process of pulling fiction from the tabloids.


'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply 
  Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:13:31 -0400 
    One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.
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