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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:09:00 -0500 
    In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.


Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:36:00 -0500 
    The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.


Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer' 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:17:00 -0500 
    Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.


For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction' 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:19:00 -0500 
    In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.


Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:19:00 -0500 
    One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."


'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:01:44 -0500 
    In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.


Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent' 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:01:00 -0500 
    Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.


The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant' 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:08:00 -0500 
    Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.


From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle' 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:17 -0500 
    Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.


As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:41:00 -0500 
    Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.


'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:52:00 -0500 
    NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.


From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest 
  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:38:00 -0500 
    "Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.


After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places' 
  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:27:00 -0500 
    In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.


Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know' 
  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:43:00 -0500 
    Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.


'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way' 
  Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:53:00 -0500 
    "We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.
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