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The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

With Magic And Fables, 'Angel Of Losses' Breathes Life Into History

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel is about Jewish folk tales and family history. It's also an exploration of the inheritance of loss and the guilt of survival as it is passed down through generations.

How Ronald Reagan Used An 'Invisible Bridge' To Win Over Americans

Rick Perlstein's new book describes how Reagan emerged as the leader of a potent political movement during the turbulent mid-'70s. He says the soul of Reagan's appeal was how he made people feel good.

Book News: George R.R. Martin Will Republish Children's Book From 1980

Also: The queen's former press secretary is reportedly writing a book about the royal family; Sheila Heti interviews Joan Didion.
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The Potter's House Mural In Adams Morgan May Not Be Around Much Longer

The iconic mural gracing the front of The Potter House in Adams Morgan may not be long for this world, as a renovation team plans to replace the imagery with something more friendly to the secular.


Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

'Oh Gad!' Presents A Compelling Slice Of Caribbean Life

Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.

'Great Glass Sea' Presents A Dark Vision Of Bright Nights

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel The Great Glass Sea, which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.

Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.

Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.