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Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

"Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.
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Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.
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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Originally broadcast July 22, 2014.
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Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones

The OED unveils some modern coinage and explains a Supreme Court justice's choice of words.
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Take A Walk With Judy Blume Through Her Old Miami Beach Neighborhood

Blume says her time in Miami Beach in the late '40s was the most important time in her childhood. Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself is a slightly fictionalized autobiography of Blume's life there.
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'Patience And Fortitude' And The Fight To Save NYC's Storied Public Library

In his new book, Scott Sherman describes how bottom-line business logic nearly gutted New York's preeminent public library. Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, smart book" full of colorful characters.
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'Project Fatherhood' Teaches Parenting Skills To Inner-City Dads

Mike Cummings and Jorja Leap are working with men in Los Angeles — many of whom are former gang members — to help them find something that was missing from their lives as they grew up: fatherhood.
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Readers' Review: "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng

Set in small-town Ohio in the 1970s, the novel tells the story of a Chinese American family as it grapples with a daughter’s tragic death. Join us for our next Readers’ Review on Wednesday, June 24.

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BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Recommends Books Of Transformation For Summer

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Saeed Jones, literary editor at BuzzFeed, about his picks for summer reading. He recommends books where a character goes on some sort of journey.
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Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

In his first novel, The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud retells The Stranger from an Arab perspective. John Powers says Daoud's retelling will forever change the way you read the Camus classic.

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