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A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book

NPR | May 4, 2015 9:13 a.m.

There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year.

Nation | Education | Books | Technology

The Plan To Give E-Books To Poor Kids

NPR | April 30, 2015 5:19 p.m.

Today, President Obama announced a massive effort with major publishers to make thousands of e-book titles free for low-income kids.

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Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

NPR | April 29, 2015 1:44 p.m.

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

NPR | April 29, 2015 10:11 a.m.

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

World | Nation | Books | Arts

'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

NPR | April 28, 2015 2:56 p.m.

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

NPR | April 27, 2015 12:40 p.m.

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

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#NPRreads: From The Hell Of The North To 'Trash' Food

NPR | April 17, 2015 11:38 a.m.

We highlight a 160-mile cycling race, reminiscences of an interview with the Oklahoma City bomber, the Finnish prison system, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the meaning of calling someone "trash."

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

NPR | April 14, 2015 2:38 p.m.

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso, and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

NPR | April 12, 2015 3:43 p.m.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's once-controversial poem. A group of musicians and actors put on a show in Los Angeles this week in celebration of Ginsberg and his iconic poem.

Environment | Nation | Food | Health

Lunch, Not Landfill: Nonprofit Rescues Produce Rejected At U.S. Border

NPR | April 10, 2015 12:57 p.m.

Each year, millions of pounds of Mexican produce are rejected just past the border even though they're tasty and edible. Instead of the landfill, they're now going to needy families across the U.S.