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Would You Publish Your Personal Diary? Heidi Julavits Discusses 'The Folded Clock' With WAMU

Author Heidi Julavits spoke with The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Ruth Tam about the process of creating her new book "The Folded Clock" — assembled from real journal entries.

'Wake Up You!' Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Of Nigeria

In the 1970s, a crop of young rock bands with "a new sense of fury and fuzz" arose in the aftermath of the country's civil war, says historian Uchenna Ikonne.

In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam

Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong speaks about his new book Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which weaves growing up in America with his family's memories of a war-torn Vietnam.

The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen

America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, is the subject of a new documentary. It celebrates the writer's work, and the rural community in Kentucky in which he's rooted.

Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose

Librarian Abdel Kader Haidara organized a smuggling operation to keep centuries-old manuscripts out of the hands of al-Qaida. Joshua Hammer wrote about it in The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.

George Plimpton Reissues Books That Took Us Inside The Game

Seven of the the late George Plimpton's sports books are being re-released. NPR's Scott Simon talks with sportscaster Bob Costas about the collection.

Activist, Professor, Historian — Now A Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner

Peter Balakian is the author of "Ozone Journal," winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Scott Simon talks with Balakian about how the collection has changed since he began writing decades ago.

Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.

In Shakespeare's Day, Hunger Tore Through England. His Plays Tell The Tale

Many food riots broke out during Shakespeare's era. Endless rain wiped out crops, and speculators profited (including the bard). The chaos and anxiety around food show up in some of his famous works.

Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.