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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.

Denmark Vesey And The History Of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church

Renee Montagne talks to historian Douglas Egerton about Denmark Vesey, a former slave and one of the founders of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where 9 people were shot to death Wednesday.

Judd Apatow: A Comedy-Obsessed Kid Becomes 'Champion Of The Goofball'

When Apatow was a teen he landed interviews with an impressive roster of comics for his high school radio show. Sick in the Head is a collection of those conversations, and more recent ones as well.

What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

The Seven Good Years spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret says his father, who was a Holocaust survivor, taught him to "look reality straight in the face."

Kate Atkinson Tells Book Club How She Crafts Characters At All Life Stages

In A God in Ruins, Atkinson jumps forward and backward in time, telling the story of characters as children, parents and grandparents. "We don't just live in this moment," she says.

From Dating Exhaustion To ... Flo Rida? Aziz Ansari Surveys 'Modern Romance'

The comic teamed up with a sociologist to write an overview of dating and relationships. His book explains online dating's paradox of choice and how we're all like a song by hip-hop artist Flo Rida.

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."

'You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up': Inside The Lives Of The 'China Rich'

Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend is inspired by real, young Asian billionaires who live in the lap of luxury, spending fortunes on outfits and sports cars. "It's all ripe for parody," he says.

'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Israeli writer Etgar Keret wrote his first piece of nonfiction the day his son was born. Later, when his father became terminally ill, he decided to publish his essays as a "living tombstone."