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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.
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Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

The author famous for the cult classic House of Leaves is writing a novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Volume 1 is more than 800 pages.
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In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.
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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.
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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.
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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.
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Remembering Ruth Rendell, Master Of Smart And Socially Aware Suspense

The British novelist set shocking crimes in mundane settings — always adding a dash of social criticism. Critic Maureen Corrigan says she is forever giving Rendell's books to friends.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

The British author wrote crime novels for 50 years, many featuring Chief Inspector "Reg" Wexford. Rendell died May 2. Originally broadcast in 1989 and 2005.
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Six Weeks In World War I Transformed How Wars Are Fought

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with historian Diana Preston about her book A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare.
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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Soho Press recently reissued the late British crime writer's final novel. Critic John Powers says Lewis' GBH is a pulp-fiction triumph worthy of Jim Thompson or James Ellroy.

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