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Book Review: 'A Colder War'

Charles Cumming hooks NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse with his latest spy novel, A Colder War.
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American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. A new books reveals the spirit of joyous rebellion going back to the Pilgrims.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 7

You can explore different expressions of folk music at two concerts tonight.


Mystery Writer Evokes The Sights, Sound And Grime Of 1970s New York

Lawrence Block published the first book of his Matthew Scudder mystery series in 1976. He says when it came to crime fiction inspiration, "the city never failed me. It always provided something."

Sandra Beasley Reads Her Summer Poem 'Ukulele'

This month, we'll be hearing from poets about what summer evokes for them. Our first poet is Sandra Beasley, whose latest collection is: I Was the Jukebox: Poems.

Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 6

West African artifacts from a curator’s personal collection are on view, but not for much longer. Additionally, you can attend a free blues performance at a local venue.


The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

With Magic And Fables, 'Angel Of Losses' Breathes Life Into History

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel is about Jewish folk tales and family history. It's also an exploration of the inheritance of loss and the guilt of survival as it is passed down through generations.