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Planet 'B': How A Feminist Comic Book Found Devoted Fans Through Absurdity

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 12:57 p.m.

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick about her comic, Bitch Planet, about a dystopian future where being "noncompliant" in almost any way can land women on a prison planet.

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Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation

NPR | Oct. 5, 2015 4:03 p.m.

Author Sherry Turkle is concerned that we are outsourcing too many of our conversations to screens and robots. "Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do," she says.

Food | Books | Arts | World

'Tacopedia': A Mouth-Watering Tour Of Mexico's Taco Culture

NPR | Oct. 1, 2015 1:38 p.m.

From the smoked marlin tacos of Baja California to the fried flower tacos of Chiapas, Mexico is home to endless interpretations of this essential dish. A new tome documents this vibrant taco cuisine.

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'Ingredients': An Eye-Opening Look At The Additives In Our Food

NPR | Oct. 1, 2015 7:47 a.m.

What does diacetyl look like? And what's it doing in our food? A new book seeks to demystify 75 common food additives with striking photos of these ingredients and details on their uses and history.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival To Modernize The Bard's Plays

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015 11:19 p.m.

The famed company announced that it will commission 36 playwrights to translate all 38 Shakespeare plays into contemporary English over the next three years.

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A Nurse Reflects On The Privilege Of Caring For Dying Patients

NPR | Sept. 28, 2015 12:47 p.m.

Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is The Shift.

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

NPR | Sept. 28, 2015 10:19 a.m.

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.

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What's It Like To Be A Dictator's Kid? 'They're All Marked,' Author Says

NPR | Sept. 26, 2015 4:43 a.m.

In Children of Monsters, Jay Nordlinger looks at the lives of, among others, Romano Mussolini, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi and one man who claimed to be Hitler's son.

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Don't Toss That Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Food Waste

NPR | Sept. 23, 2015 11:48 a.m.

The typical American family tosses out some $1,500 of food yearly. From smarter fridge packing to sauteing soggy lettuce, a new book is full of tips to rescue edibles from landing in the trash.

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Don't Call Her 'Doll': How Mary McGrory Became 'The First Queen Of Journalism'

NPR | Sept. 23, 2015 11:25 a.m.

The columnist could write like an angel — and bite like an asp. In a new biography, John Norris recounts McGrory's first big break and the proposition she received from a Democratic president.