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Can Amor Truly Vincit Omnia? Chaucer Doth Advise

NPR | Feb. 17, 2015 7:51 a.m.

Our favorite 14th-century poet and advice columnist Geoffrey Chaucer is back with sage words for lovers and beloved alike this Valentine's Day. And pictures of cats, "for cattes plese al folke."

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Sluggish Ports Giving Some Oregon Businesses Problems

AP | Feb. 9, 2015 3:04 p.m.

Some Oregon businesses say slowdowns resulting from a labor dispute at West Coast ports are affecting their operations coming and going.

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Don't Have A 'Cow,' Man

NPR | Feb. 9, 2015 6:32 a.m.

No, really, don't. Reviewer Michael Schaub says David Duchovny's new novel Holy Cow is a mess of corny humor and half-baked, phoned in plotting. Fans may want to believe — but they shouldn't.

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After Surviving Haiti's Earthquake, Laura Wagner Turned to Fiction

PRI's The World | Jan. 12, 2015 2:22 p.m.

Laura Rose Wagner was in Haiti to research her Ph.D. thesis when a devastating earthquake hit in 2010. Wagner, like many others, spent hours trapped under the rubble. Now she's out with a new novel about making it through Haiti's post-earthquake life.

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Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

NPR | Jan. 7, 2015 3:17 p.m.

Virologist Dr. Sheik Humar Khan has been hailed a hero treating Ebola in Sierra Leone. He cared for dozens of patients before testing positive for Ebola and dying of the lethal virus, late last month.

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Book News: Egypt Bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' For 'Historical Inaccuracies'

NPR | Dec. 26, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.

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A Christmas Classic by Dylan Thomas Is Set to Music

PRI's The World | Dec. 24, 2014 1:39 p.m.

"A Child's Christmas in Wales" is a holiday classic by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Now the book comes to life in a new version set to music by Welsh singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews.

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Book News: It's Snowing Poet Laureates

NPR | Dec. 24, 2014 8:19 a.m.

North Carolina named Shelby Stephenson its new poet laureate, just days after Ohio established a post for its own state poet. Massachusetts may not be too far behind.

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Book News: For A Deeper Sleep, Forgo The E-Reader Before Bed

NPR | Dec. 23, 2014 8:01 a.m.

A new study finds that people who read print books at bedtime fall asleep easier — and sleep better — than those who use an e-reader. Also: JRR Tolkien may have survived war due to a timely illness.

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Here Are the Books We Read This Year That We Think You'll Love

PRI's The World | Dec. 19, 2014 2:43 p.m.

After another year of reading, the staff here at The World lists our favorite books of 2014.