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Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

A Moroccan slave named Estebanico was one of only four men to survive a 1528 expedition to America from Spain. The Moor's Account, a fictional memoir by Laila Lalami, tells the story through his eyes.
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'What If' There Were An Entire Book Devoted To Absurd Hypotheticals?

In a new book, Randall Munroe — creator of the web comic xkcd and a former NASA roboticist — tackles pressing questions like What would happen if all of humanity jumped at once in Rhode Island?
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The Full Escovedo: What You May Not Know About Sheila E.

If her Prince-assisted '80s hits are all you know of Sheila Escovedo, you're missing half the story. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the drummer, singer and bandleader and dives in to her early history.
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Online Dating Stats Reveal A 'Dataclysm' Of Telling Trends

OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder knows a lot about his site's users. He explains how he uses mass data to explore behavior in his new book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking).
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A Judge Makes Critical Decisions In 'Children Act'

Fiona Maye holds the power of life and death in her hands. She's a family court judge at the center of Ian McEwan's new novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks to McEwan about his book, The Children Act.
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Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including "And When I Die" and "Save the Country." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.
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Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a judge whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.
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The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.
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So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel?

"Working on my novel" is a favorite phrase on Twitter, used by writers who are diligently — or not so diligently — toiling away. Artist Cory Arcangel has collected some of these tweets into a book.
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From Black Power to Education Reform with Howard Fuller

Kojo talks with education activist Howard Fuller about a career devoted to equality. We discover how his time spent in the Jim Crow South, his work as a community organizer and his experience in the Pan Africanism movement have influenced his work.

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