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Why Are We Drawn To Heirloom Fruits And Veggies? They're 'Edible Memory' 
  Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:47:00 -0400 
    Heirloom foods have grown in popularity, making their way into gardens, farms, farmers markets and restaurants. A sociologist says they offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to the past.


'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:48:00 -0400 
    Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.


Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:56:00 -0400 
    The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.


Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable' 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:09:00 -0400 
    The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with two interviews from 1985 and 2012.


Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun' 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:38:00 -0400 
    Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.


The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:09:00 -0400 
    The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.


A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:19:00 -0400 
    Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.


For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:10:57 -0400 
    Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.


Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S. 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:05:00 -0400 
    Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.


Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:04:00 -0400 
    The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.


'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.


Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:43:00 -0400 
    Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.


'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:06:00 -0400 
    One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.


The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:04:00 -0400 
    The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.
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