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'Instant' Recounts The Magic Of Polaroids

Christopher Bonanos, an editor at New York Magazine, has written a history of Polaroid, called Instant.Host Scott Simon talks to Bonanos about his new book, in which he calls Polaroid the Apple of its day.
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'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings

The new trove of recordings covers everything from the Cold War to civil rights to Vietnam to the U.S. ice hockey team. Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hours of transcribed conversations and 2.5 hours of audio from inside the Kennedy White House.
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NewsPoet: Philip Schultz Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Philip Schultz. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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Put Down Your E-Reader: This Book Is Better In Print

It's the era of the e-reader, and book lovers are trying to get used to reading on the screen. But every now and then, a book comes along that just seems to insist on being physical. The publishers of a richly illustrated retelling of Homer's Odyssey say not all books are meant to be e-books
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Rowling Draws On Personal Experience In 'Vacancy'

Steve Inskeep talks to author J.K. Rowling in the second part of the interview on Morning Edition looking at her new novel The Casual Vacancy. The character of Krystal, a troubled teenager, grows out of Rowling's observations as a teacher.
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Lawmakers, Librarians Take Renewed Look At Renovating D.C.'s Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is badly in need of renovation, but during a roundtable Thursday, lawmakers and librarians were relieved to hear that it could be fixed at all.

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British Scientist Driven To Find 'Spark Of Life'

Frances Ashcroft's new book details how electricity in the body fuels everything we think, feel or do. She tells Fresh Air about discovering a new protein, how scientists are like novelists and how she wanted to be a farmer's wife.

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