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Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. As a young woman she wrapped herself in silence –- the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful that it changed Rosemary and destroyed her family. It is 1996 in Bloomington, Ind. Rosemary’s once lively mother is a shell of her former self, and her brother is a fugitive. Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, is removed from the house. The latest novel by best-selling author Karen Joy Fowler, called "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," is a new take on the dysfunctional American family. It raises questions about the power of language and what it means to be part of the animal kingdom.

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Reprinted from "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler with permission from Marian Wood Books/Putnam, a member of The Penguin Group Inc. Copyright © 2013.


Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.
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Do Hyper-Local Term Limits Work?

Montgomery County residents are voting this fall on term limits for their local council representatives. Are they picking up on lessons learned from Prince George's County?

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AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition Of Time Warner

AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner: Join us to talk about what the proposed merger of the country’s second-largest wireless carrier and a major content company could mean for consumers and the future of U-S media and telecommunications.

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