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Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

NPR | July 3, 2015 2:37 p.m.

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.

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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

NPR | May 2, 2015 11:05 a.m.

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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Dozens Of Writers Join Protest Of Free Speech Award For 'Charlie Hebdo'

NPR | April 30, 2015 1:13 p.m.

Dozens of writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

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Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

NPR | April 29, 2015 9:17 a.m.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus — the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda — was purged from Moscow stores because it has a large swastika on the cover.

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'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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'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.