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Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Terrance Hayes' collection of poetry, How to be Drawn.
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The Private World Of The White House

Former White House reporter Kate Andersen Brower joins us to share stories she gathered from the White House's most private employees -- the domestic staff.

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Stephen Petranek: "How We'll Live On Mars"

Author Stephen Petranek says within the next 20 years humans will live on Mars. The race to get there, how to make it habitable and other big questions about traveling to and living on this next frontier.

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A Lifelong Surfer Explains Why There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect' Wave

"Waves are not stationary objects in nature. They're not diamonds or roses or something that you just look at," says New Yorker journalist William Finnegan. His new memoir is called Barbarian Days.
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Written In Spanish About Belgium By A Colombian, 'It Feels American'

Nearly 15 years after his story collection was published in Spanish, Juan Gabriel Vásquez's Lovers on All Saints' Day has gotten an English translation. He explains the book's patchwork provenance.
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Pastor's Daughter Taps Into The 'Spicy Stuff' To Help Save Marriages

DiShan Washington, former wife of a pastor, is a writer of what she calls "Christian erotica." She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about trying to help Christians approach sex with a more open mind.
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Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.
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In Monroeville, Ala., The Shock And Disillusion Of 'Watchman'

The critics have already weighed in on Go Set A Watchman. Now regular readers have had a chance to assess Harper Lee's new book. We hear reactions from Lee's home state of Alabama.
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Contriving Characters From Celebrity Culture For 'Lizzie Pepper'

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author and celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin about her new novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper. Liftin describes the process of pulling fiction from the tabloids.
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'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

One-third of the seafood Americans catch is sold abroad, but most of the seafood we eat is imported and often of lower quality. Author Paul Greenberg explains why. Originally broadcast July 1, 2014.

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