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'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

NPR | April 18, 2015 7:59 a.m.

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

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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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From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

NPR | April 15, 2015 5:11 a.m.

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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Tea Tuesdays: Evolution Of Tea Sets From Ancient Legend To Modern Biometrics

NPR | April 14, 2015 12:26 p.m.

Legend has it that a Chinese emperor first discovered tea more than 4,700 years ago. As the culture surrounding tea has changed through the centuries, so, too, have the tools we use to drink it.

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Sandwich Monday: Breakfast In A Tin

NPR | April 13, 2015 12:54 p.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a British delicacy: All-Day Breakfast in a can. We may be using the word delicacy incorrectly.

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In 'Distant Marvels,' A Witness To Revolutions Tells Cuba's Story

NPR | April 12, 2015 8:01 a.m.

Chantel Acevedo's latest novel opens in 1963 and focuses on octogenarian Maria Sirena, part of a Cuban generation that lived through both the war of independence from Spain and the Cuban Revolution.

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Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

NPR | April 9, 2015 1:32 p.m.

Chinese novels have dwelt mainly on the past and present. Liu Cixin is starting to change that. His science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos, and offers commentary on current events.

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China's 'Barefoot Lawyer' And His Great Escape

NPR | April 9, 2015 8:04 a.m.

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

NPR | April 7, 2015 4:18 p.m.

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

NPR | April 7, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.