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Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music

In Cold War Russia, getting your hands on an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few bootleggers found a way to hide their contraband in the last place anyone would think to look.

75 Years Of 'Pal Joey'

Penguin Classics has published a 75th Anniversary presentation of the John O'Hara novel, and the libretto and lyrics of the musical. Scott talks to Thomas Mallon, who wrote the book's forward.

Anonymous Football Player Details Fear Of Health Risks In 'NFL Confidential'

In part two of their conversation, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to an anonymous professional football player, whose new book is called NFL Confidential, about the fear of injury from playing football.

'NFL Confidential': Anonymous Player On Why He Loathes The League

From concussions to domestic violence, a current pro football player tells all about what's it really like on the gridiron and beyond in NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football.
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Refugee Life In The "City of Thorns"

We learn about life in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp complex. And consider how people define 'home' in times of unrest.


Paramedic Shares His Wild Ride Treating 'A Thousand Naked Strangers'

Kevin Hazzard, who worked as an Atlanta paramedic, rescued people from choking, overdoses, cardiac arrest, gunshot wounds and a host of other medical emergencies. Respiratory calls were his favorites.

Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

From brogurt to gastrosexual, humorist and food writer Josh Friedland has collected many of the new words born of our current foodie culture in a new food dictionary, Eatymology.

Author Profiles The 'Traumatized People' Living In The World's Largest Refugee Camp

Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

Authors Of 'All American Boys' Talk About How Book Has Sparked Race Discussion

In All American Boys, a video of a policeman beating a black student goes viral. The book's authors, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, talk about how their story is sparking conversations about race.

Charlie Hebdo, The Licensed Anarchist Clowns Of French Society

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Adam Gopnik, who wrote the foreword to Open Letter, a manifesto by Stephane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was killed when gunmen attacked the paper's offices.