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A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

Chechnya is a war-torn, hotly disputed region that is both a part of and apart from Russia. Its history and current fragile peace are not well understood by Westerners, but one author is hoping to shine a spotlight on Chechens by penning a novel set in the region. The story weaves together stories of longtime neighbors and those brought together by chance as they navigate the uncertainties of war. We talk with Anthony Marra about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," and how it might further our understanding of the region.

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From the book "A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena: A novel" by Anthony Marra, published by Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Copyright © 2013 by Anthony Marra. Reprinted with permission.

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Ricky Gervais On Controversial Jokes, Celebrities And 'Special Correspondents'

"I didn't go out there to ruin everyone's day or undermine the moral fabric of America. I was making jokes." Gervais talked with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new movie and how he approaches humor.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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President Obama Has His Last Laughs At 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner

In eighth and his last correspondents' dinner on Saturday evening, Obama didn't pull punches with his fellow politicos — but he did pull a last-minute mic drop.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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