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The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

NPR | May 24, 2017

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

NPR | May 24, 2017

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.

'The Bachelorette' May Have A Black Star, But It's Still Set In A White World

NPR | May 23, 2017

Some may see Rachel Lindsay's rise as progress; but diversity isn't about expecting black people to assimilate into a mostly white world.

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He Called Himself '1 Lucky Bastard:' Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

NPR | May 23, 2017 7:55 a.m.

British actor Sir Roger Moore has died. He began his career as a model and small-time MGM studio player, but was best known for stepping into the role of James Bond in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Second Thoughts About A Second Marriage In 'Standard Deviation'

NPR | May 23, 2017 4 a.m.

Katherine Heiny's first novel for adults is a warmhearted and funny — if overly long — portrait of a man who begins to doubt his chaotic, talkative second wife after 12 years of marriage.

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David Lynch's Trippy 'Twin Peaks' Revival Is A Love Letter To Hardcore Fans

NPR | May 22, 2017 8:44 a.m.

Lynch has assembled a rambling, surreal story that vaults from a spiritual limbo to towns all over the country. But as any Twin Peaks fan can tell you, the story really isn't the point.

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In 'Margot Sanchez,' A Teen Grows Up And Learns To Love The Bronx

NPR | May 21, 2017 5:20 a.m.

Instead of going to the beach with her prep school friends, Margot is stuck working at her father's supermarket in the Bronx. Lilliam Rivera says her YA novel was inspired by her own Bronx childhood.

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In 'A King's Obsession,' Anne Boleyn's True Love Is Power

NPR | May 21, 2017 4 a.m.

Alison Weir takes a fresh look at familiar territory in this retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Weir's version of Anne is fiercely smart and guilty only of craving power that was hers by right.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse On Peaches

NPR | May 20, 2017 9:39 p.m.

We've invited the Republican senator to play a game called "You're a real peach!" Three questions about the fuzzy-skinned fruit, during a week when we've heard the word "impeachment" more than usual.

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Women Who Roar: Vancouver Debuts All-Female Storytelling Troupe

OPB | May 20, 2017 5:03 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

This week five women will take the stage for Vancouver’s first all-female storytelling event.

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'This Garden Is A Gem': Portland Chinese Garden Celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

OPB | May 20, 2017 3:36 p.m. | Portland

May provides an opening for people to learn about the rich variety of Asian-Pacific traditions being preserved and taught throughout the Northwest.

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PHOTOS: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining

NPR | May 20, 2017 2 p.m.

Before it became a byword for disaster, the hydrogen-powered airship heralded an era of fine dining in the skies — with an all-electric kitchen, a cocktail lounge, wine cellar and multi-course meals.

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Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

NPR | May 20, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Laleh Khadivi's new novel traces the path of a young Muslim man in California, the son of strict Iranian immigrant parents, from his first bong hit at age 14 to his eventual radicalization.

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