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In 'Pills And Starships,' Teens Come Of Age On A Devastated Earth

Pills and Starships is a dystopian tale set in a world ravaged by climate change. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Lydia Millet about her new young-adult novel set in the future.
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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

Scott Anderson's book explains how British officer T.E. Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes. Originally broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.
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"The Ways of the Dead" - by Neely Tucker

Neely Tucker grew up in the deep American South - and cut his teeth as a journalist reporting from countries around the world. But his new novel draws inspiration from the local streets of Washington, D.C.

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40 Years On, Woodward And Bernstein Recall Reporting On Watergate

The now-legendary reporters revisit the famous D.C. complex as they remember writing All The President's Men, their detective story-style account of uncovering Richard Nixon's scandalous conspiracy.

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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.
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Former BP CEO: 'Glass Closet' Still Holds Many Gay Workers Back

There's a presumption in the business world that everyone's straight, says John Browne, who hid his homosexuality for years. In his new book, he says it's time for a change in corporate culture.
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Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview

Clinton's new memoir, Hard Choices, outlines her four years as secretary of state under President Obama. She talks about her vote for the Iraq War, women's rights and political "gamers."
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In The Cockpit, Gazing At Stars: Saint-Exupéry's Life In Pictures

Children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís maps the life and flights of another kid-lit star, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in his gorgeously illustrated new book, The Pilot and the Little Prince.
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The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

Essence might be the longest-running magazine for black women, but the authors of a new book, The Man From Essence, admit that the road to building the brand had many twists and turns.
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John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, And Lives To Write About It

The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is "the worst beauty regimen ever" and admits he always kept his luggage with him.

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