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"The Orphan Sky"

Singer, composer, and- most recently- author Ella Leya was born in Communist Azerbaijan and received asylum in the United States in 1990. Leila, the main character of her new novel "The Orphan Sky" shares a similar story. We talk with the first-time novelist about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

WAMU 88.5

Jonathan M. Bryant: "Dark Places Of The Earth: The Voyage Of The Slave Ship Antelope"

Historian Jonathan Bryant brings to light the history of the rarely-studied slave ship Antelope and the court battle over the fate of the nearly 300 captives it carried. Bryant joins Diane to talk about the 1825 case he calls "the most important Supreme Court case you've never heard of."

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Residents Of Harper Lee's Hometown Celebrate 'Go Set A Watchman'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Spencer Madrie, the owner of the Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe in downtown Monroeville, Ala., for the reaction to Harper Lee's latest book, Go Set a Watchman.
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Stretch Your Summer Reading List Into Southern Territory

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kyle Jones of the Bitter Southerner about some highly-anticipated books coming from Southern writers this summer.
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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.
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The Meaning Of A Hero Cast In Shadow, In Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

The release of Harper Lee's long-lost novel — and its portrait of once-crusading attorney Atticus Finch — has shaken devotees of "To Kill a Mockingbird." One poet argues that nuance should be welcome.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Police Brutality, The Confederate Flag And Forgiveness

Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police. His book, Between the World and Me, is an open letter to his teenage son.

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Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird — or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess."
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A Tribute To John Williams, The Man Who Wrote 'I Am'

The prolific author tackled difficult issues of race in novels and poetry. He used his writing to challenge assumptions about African-Americans, including civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr.
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'Bloom County 2015': Berkeley Breathed Revives Comic Strip

The cartoonist won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County in 1987; two years later, he quit producing it.

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