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In Neville's Thrillers, Belfast's Violent Past Still Burns

The capital of Northern Ireland is no longer the city of snipers that it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but novelist Stuart Neville still draws inspiration from the decades of violence. In The Ghosts of Belfast, he examines the shattered life of an IRA killer in the aftermath of The Troubles.

Honoring 'Ulysses'

For devoted readers of James Joyce, June 16 marks the annual celebration of his acclaimed novel Ulysses. Live readings of the famously complex tome can go on for 24 hours or more. Jacki Lyden looks into the history of these marathon performances.

A Posthumous Tribute To Guns From A Sniper Shot To Death

Considered by many to be the most deadly sniper in American military history, Chris Kyle was killed on a Texas gun range in February. He was an outspoken advocate for both veterans and gun rights, and his book, American Gun, has just been published.

Dr. Brazelton On Guiding Parents And Learning To Listen

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton has been studying babies for the better part of the last century. Now 95 years old, the renowned pediatrician is the author of more than 30 books on child development. He talks about his latest book, and how babies themselves can teach us how to be better parents.
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Montgomery County Arts Groups Turn To Crowdfunding

A new crowdfunding site called has two features that may make it a more attractive option than Kickstarter.


The Tragedy Of The Pina Colada

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to The Sporkful's Dan Pashman about fruity cocktails for the summer.

Evelyn Waugh's 'Scoop': Journalism Is A Duplicitous Business

The fictional tale about war correspondents will make you laugh till the person next to you on the subway thinks you have problems. It is also, according to writer Alexander Nazaryan, an all-too-real parody of the glory days of print journalism.

'Children' Of Iran's Activists Inherit Love, Loss And Longing

Sahar Delijani was born in an Iranian prison, where her parents were held as political activists. Her debut novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, is inspired by true stories of the post-revolutionary Iran she was born into and follows the rippling effects of oppression forward into the present.

Burning Down The House: Artistic Freedom Under Fire In Egypt

The director of Cairo's Opera House has been sacked, sparking protests and a sit-in at the Culture Ministry. Egyptian artists say there's a culture war underway, pitting secularists against the Islamist administration of President Mohamed Morsi.