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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.
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A 'Post-Post-Colonial' Take On The Violent Birth Of Modern Jamaica

Marlon James' latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is not brief, and it contains many more than seven deaths. It's a portrait of Jamaica in the '70s, when gang warfare and reggae reigned.
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Seeing Neurological Patients As Characters, Not Case Studies

Legendary theater director Peter Brook is working on a new play centered on people with unusual conditions — like synesthesia, extraordinary memory or the inability to sense their own bodies.
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Deciphering The 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo' Of The Financial World

If you're mystified by terms like "Libor," "stagflation" and "Grexit," you should pick up John Lanchester's new book, How To Speak Money, which aims to untangle the tortured language of finance.
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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Smiley used to live in Iowa and says something about the place still pulls on her imagination. Her new book, Some Luck, begins on a family farm in 1920.
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'Outpost': Stories Of Diplomacy In The World's Most Harrowing Places

Former Ambassador Christopher Hill has written his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Hill about his tenure as a diplomat in Iraq.
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Showtime's 'Homeland' Now Depends On Carrie Mathison As Flawed Hero

As Showtime's Emmy-winning terrorism drama starts its fourth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show struggles to continue without a key character.
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Affleck: 'Gone Girl' Was Freeing, And 'Batman' Will Be No 'Daredevil'

Ben Affleck says playing a character shrouded in suspicion was liberating, because "likability was sort of thrown out of the window." He also looks back on where his career began: Voyage of the Mimi.
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One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide

In The Invisible Front, journalist Yochi Dreazen tells the story of the Grahams, a close-knit family that lost two sons in the span of a year and then took up the fight against military suicide.
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Horror Of Horrors: Is H.P. Lovecraft's Legacy Tainted?

Lovecraft, the author who famously invented Cthulhu, was also known for his highly racist opinions. This has created some controversy around the World Fantasy Award statue that bears his likeness.

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