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Michael Herr, Whose Vietnam War Reporting Became Iconic, Dies At 76

NPR | June 24, 2016 1:53 p.m.

Herr's book Dispatches redefined the genre of war reporting. "I was there to watch," he wrote. "I went to cover the war and the war covered me; and old story, unless of course you've never heard it."

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'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

NPR | June 17, 2016 10:55 a.m.

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.

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Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything

NPR | June 16, 2016 5:06 p.m.

For over 40 years, Villapol hosted a popular cooking show in Cuba, her recipes shifting to reflect the realities of life under the revolution. No meat? No problem — she fried plantain peels instead.

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'Moon Of The Faith:' A History Of The Apricot And Its Many Pleasures

NPR | June 15, 2016 1:41 p.m.

The Romans dubbed it the "precious one." Poets praised its beauty. The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections.

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Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

NPR | June 12, 2016 12:49 p.m.

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

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What Can Great Writers Teach Us About Growing Up and Getting Old?

NPR | June 10, 2016 7 a.m.

We all stumble across similar ideas as we age, and some of these revelations have passed into the books we love. Journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotes from great writers.

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What Can One Generation Teach The Next About Manhood?

NPR | June 10, 2016 7 a.m.

Advocate Tony Porter's wisdom focuses on masculinity and ending violence against women. He explains how he draws on his own upbringing to help the next generation of men redefine manhood.

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What Wisdom Can We Gain From Nature?

NPR | June 10, 2016 7 a.m.

South African writer and conservationist Boyd Varty has spent his entire life among wild animals. He describes how he discovers "new old ways" by observing the natural world.

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A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat'

NPR | June 8, 2016 8:07 a.m.

Why don't traditional diets work for many people? Blame your brain, suggests Sandra Aamodt. Her new book delves into the science of why eating and weight have become such a sizable problem.

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Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

NPR | June 7, 2016 8:25 a.m.

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations. He helps some of the city's top chefs put wild foods on menus and has a new cookbook.