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In 'Vacationland,' John Hodgman Tells The Funny Story Of His Life

October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Hodgman about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. This time Hodgman isn't writing about nonsensical histories, but his life.

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Pablo Neruda Didn't Die Of Cancer, Experts Say. So What Killed The Poet?

October 23, 2017 - 12:27pm

Official documents say the Nobel laureate died of prostate cancer in 1973. But 16 forensics experts have unanimously concluded that isn't true, stoking suspicions again that he was actually poisoned.

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'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

October 23, 2017 - 10:27am

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

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Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

October 23, 2017 - 12:53am

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

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Dan Brown Pits Creationism Against Science In His Latest Novel, 'Origin'

October 22, 2017 - 2:29pm

Brown has long considered questions about science and faith, leavened with plenty of adventure, of course. In his new novel, he asks whether faith in God (or gods) can survive the advance of science.

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Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism

October 22, 2017 - 3:37am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Alexis Okeowo author of A Moonless, Starless Sky. Among the stories, a Somali girl defies al-Shabab and plays basketball, and a Mauritanian man campaigns against slavery.

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'Hotel Scarface': The Hotel At The Center Of Miami's Cocaine Boom

October 22, 2017 - 3:37am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to journalist Roben Farzad about his new book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. It was a hub for Miami's exploding cocaine trade.

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Family Drama Against A Flooded Backdrop In 'The Floating World'

October 22, 2017 - 3:00am

C. Morgan Babst's portrait of a troubled New Orleans family that fractures further during and after Hurricane Katrina is poetic and suspenseful — but the drama sometimes drowns in too much detail.

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Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, 'Equel'

October 21, 2017 - 4:12am

The fantasy world of the author's His Dark Materials series is back in The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. It's the first entry in a new trilogy.

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No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

October 21, 2017 - 3:00am

Lindsey Fitzharris' new book about the horrors of Victorian medicine and the introduction of antisepsis is a vital, effective history — but perhaps you shouldn't read it with a full stomach.

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