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'Black Gods Of The Asphalt' Takes Basketball Beyond The Court

When you see a bunch of guys playing street basketball you might not just see a game. In his new book Black Gods of the Asphalt author Onaje Woodbine shows how it's also a spiritual experience.
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Muslims Are Just The Latest In History Of Scapegoats, Author Says

In his book Scapegoats, human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar says Muslims are the newest group in the U.S. to be ostracized. But there is a long history of groups before them facing discrimination.
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Cat Videos And All, The Internet May Be Humankind's Greatest Masterpiece

In her new book Magic and Loss, Virginia Heffernan makes the case for the Internet as art. Just look at Twitter, she says. "It's hard to think of a time when poetry was more powerful."
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Exploring The 'Quiet New York' With Emma Straub

Straub's new book, Modern Lovers, is a tale of old friendships, secrets and family entanglements set in a part of Brooklyn writers often ignore: leafy, largely residential Ditmas Park.
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Slavery Scars A Trans-Atlantic Family Tree In 'Homegoing'

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel follows the family lines of two separated half-sisters in 18th-century Ghana: One is married off to an Englishman, while the other is sent to America and sold into slavery.
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'Everybody Behaves Badly': The Backstory To 'The Sun Also Rises'

The true story of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises is told in Lesley Blume's book, Everybody Behaves Badly. She talks to NPR's Scott Simon about what made Hemingway's book such a breakthrough.
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'But What If We're Wrong:' A Look At How We Will Remember The Now, Later

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author and cultural critic, Chuck Klosterman. His new book But What If We're Wrong investigates which things we take as certainties might one day be proven wrong.
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Beijing Tightens Control Ahead Of Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Nearly 3 decades have passed since democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square turned deadly and repression followed. Ailsa Chang talks to Louisa Lim, author of People's Republic of Amnesia.
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Mary Elizabeth Williams: "A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles"

Immunotherapy has been billed as the most significant advancement in cancer treatment in generations. Six years ago few had ever heard of it. One woman’s story on how she became a breakthrough case for this revolutionary new approach.

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Decades In The Senate, McConnell Learns To Play 'The Long Game'

Mitch McConnell has been a U.S. senator since 1984. The Long Game is the behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion. Steve Inskeep talks to McConnell about the Senate and his book.

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