WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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