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Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.
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Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."
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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.
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9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.
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One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.
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The Man Who Coined 'Genocide' Spent His Life Trying To Stop It

Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his lifelong campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.
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A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?'

Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.
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Watching 'Dear White People' At Harvard

Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority-white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?
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Not My Job: Actor Jeff Goldblum Plays A Game Called 'Your Fly Is Open'

Goldblum starred in a 1986 movie called The Fly so we've invited him to answer three questions about zippers.
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424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

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