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How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.

Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

We know, eating bugs sounds strange, but 2 billion people already do it — and the U.N. has made the case for insects as a key protein source. For U.S. East Coasters, the coming of the 17-year cicadas provides an opportunity to cook with bugs. If you want to try your hand at it, there's a cookbook to guide your way.

From Boos To Bravos: A Recap Of Cannes

Fresh Air's critic at large John Powers returns from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with tales of the good, the bad, and the parties. He says Blue Is the Warmest Color was "the film of the festival" while Only God Forgives was the biggest disappointment.

For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night'

In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.

Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

Also: The next Bridget Jones book; and how novelist Donna Tartt came to be missing part of her ear.

Novel Examines Afghanistan War From A Pakistani Perspective

Nadeem Aslam's The Blind Man's Garden explores the consequences of Sept. 11 through the story of two young brothers who go to Afghanistan in late 2001 to help wounded civilians. Aslam says he wrote the book over four and a half years, part of which was spent in total isolation.

Comikaze: Not Just The Other Comic Convention

Dissatisfied with the scope and costs of the biggest fan convention in the country, one fan started a new gathering of her own, and she quickly brought some big names in to help out.

Proposal To Sell Detroit's Art To Save The City Draws Outrage

Detroit's emergency financial manager is considering selling artwork from The Detroit Institute of Arts to help raise money for the city's debt. Robert Siegel talks to John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press for more.