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For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers

In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.
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Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.
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Remembering Michael S. Harper, A Poet With An Ear For Jazz

Harper, who died Saturday, was known for his jazz-influenced poems. His first volume of poetry, Dear John, Dear Coltrane, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1978. Originally broadcast in 2000.
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Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.
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After Tragedy, 2 Families Find Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich's 'LaRose'

When an Ojibwe hunter accidentally kills his friend's child, he sends his own son to live with the grieving family. Erdrich says tribal family ties are "extremely close" and "much more fluid."
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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Valiant Ambition"

A new history of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, the best-selling author of "In the Heart of the Sea.” The story of how Benedict Arnold, America's most infamous traitor, unified a nation.

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'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.
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A Dying Coal Town Falls Into 'Fracking Frenzy' In 'Heat & Light'

Jennifer Haigh's new novel explores the fallout of the natural gas boom in a small Pennsylvania town. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Heat & Light an "exquisitely designed, semi-satirical social novel."
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Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.
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Frans De Waal: "Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?"

The well-known Dutch-American biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal is known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. In a new book, he shows how humans underestimate the intelligence of many animal species.

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