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75 Years Later, Anne Frank's Diary Still Has Much To Teach

NPR | June 26, 2017 2:33 p.m.

The first entry of what became The Diary Of A Young Girl was written 75 years ago this month. We asked fifth-graders at Anne Frank Elementary School in Philadelphia what they learned from it.

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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

NPR | June 26, 2017 10:51 a.m.

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

Arts | World | Books

A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

NPR | June 25, 2017 5:06 a.m.

Diksha Basu's new novel was inspired by the explosion of wealth she saw in 1990s India. She says money is a complex thing, and it takes a while for her characters to see that.

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

NPR | June 22, 2017 3:46 a.m.

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

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In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

NPR | June 21, 2017 11:39 a.m.

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

Election | Books | Nation

President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator

NPR | June 21, 2017 10:29 a.m.

Why can't we stop reading Trump's Twitter feed? The same reason we can't put down The Catcher In The Rye or Pale Fire.

Food | World | Books

South Africa's District Six Cookbook Helps Preserve A Lost Community

NPR | June 19, 2017 11:33 a.m.

By the 1980s, 60,000 people had been forcibly removed from this mixed-race section of Cape Town. But the area's food traditions reflect the spirit of helpmekaar, an Afrikaans term for mutual support.

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What Churchill And Orwell Had In Common: Both Could Say, 'My Side Is Wrong'

NPR | June 16, 2017 5:11 a.m.

In his new book, journalist Tom Ricks explains how the conservative British politician and the leftist author of 1984 challenged their respective political parties.

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'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

NPR | June 15, 2017 5 a.m.

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

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Tracy K. Smith, New U.S. Poet Laureate, Calls Poems Her 'Anchor'

NPR | June 14, 2017 5:23 a.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet says she plans to use her new role to meet people who don't read poetry ... yet, anyway. She believes poetry can be a resource for people in fraught or isolating times.