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Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016 12:49 p.m.

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.

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If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016 12:48 p.m.

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

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'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

NPR | Sept. 26, 2016 11:29 a.m.

All this week on NPR, you'll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you'll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.

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At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

NPR | Sept. 22, 2016 12:43 p.m.

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — get laurels Thursday, as President Obama awards the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

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Imagining A World Without Prisons For Communities Defined By Them

NPR | Sept. 20, 2016 5:17 p.m.

The activist Marc Lamont Hill argues that America needs to end its prison system. With crime at all-time lows, he might sway people of color who've long called for harsher punishment for lawbreakers.

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'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

NPR | Sept. 19, 2016 3:23 p.m.

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

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'Shoeless Joe' Author William Patrick Kinsella Dies At 81

NPR | Sept. 18, 2016 4:29 a.m.

The award-winning book was adapted into the beloved film Field of Dreams. The Canadian author is best known for his works about magic — and baseball.

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Man Booker Spotlights Novelists New To The Award's Shortlist

NPR | Sept. 15, 2016 6:21 a.m.

Organizers have revealed the six authors still in the British literary competition. It's the first time five of them have been in the last round. The prize is 50,000 pounds and often better sales.

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The Perils of Power

NPR | Sept. 12, 2016 8:57 a.m.

We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.

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Thinking Of Leaving Home? Here's A Bit Of Advice From Young Adult Authors

NPR | Sept. 11, 2016 9:58 a.m.

Starting that next chapter can be difficult in any young person's life. And YA writers know it well. Sandra Cisneros, Jacqueline Woodson, Tamora Pierce and Jason Reynolds offer some words of wisdom.