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'Death's End' Brings An Epic Trilogy To A Satisfying Close

NPR | Sept. 27, 2016

Chinese author Cixin Liu caps his Hugo Award-winning Remembrance of Earth's Past series with an intricately structured, immensely complex tale of a rocket scientist caught in a human-alien conflict.

'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016

Back in the days of the Space Race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.

'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016

In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.

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Lose Yourself In The Twisting, Turning Alleys Of 'Crooked Kingdom'

NPR | Sept. 25, 2016 4 a.m.

Leigh Bardugo's followup to her steampunky heist tale Six of Crows follows teenage criminal mastermind Kaz and his ragged crew as they take revenge for a betrayal and deal with a dangerous drug.

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Not My Job: Jamie Lee Curtis Gets Quizzed On Unlikely Inventions

NPR | Sept. 24, 2016 8:36 a.m.

In the late 1980s, Curtis filed a patent for a diaper/baby wipe combo, so we've invited her to play a game called "Eureka!" Three questions about inventors and their inventions.

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A Cartoonist Confronts The Power Of His Pen In 'Reputations'

NPR | Sept. 24, 2016 4 a.m.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez's new novel centers on a respected and feared political cartoonist whose past comes back to haunt him after he receives a threatening letter. It's a powerful, concentrated work.

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Blogger Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You With Her New Book

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 4:11 p.m.

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi discusses her new book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, which has her takes on pop culture and more.

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Best Practices: What The Pros Say About Preventing Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 3:56 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force has thoughts on making spaces safer.

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This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 1:43 p.m.

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.

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It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins Of Lifta'

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 11:24 a.m.

A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.

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A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 10:32 a.m.

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.

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Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 7:51 a.m.

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Mr. Mojo Risin'

NPR | Sept. 23, 2016 7:51 a.m.

The answer we're looking for is an anagram of the last word you hear. It's like we're giving you the answers!

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