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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:55:00 -0400 
    Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.


Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery' 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:34:00 -0400 
    As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.


Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys 
  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:11:00 -0400 
    In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.


'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S. 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.


Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.


Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage' 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:43:42 -0400 
    In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.


How Can Someone Move Beyond Murder? 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 
    At the age of 19, Shaka Senghor was jailed for shooting and killing a man. That event started his years-long journey to redemption.


How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Choose Peace? 
  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:58:00 -0400 
    Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.


The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:00 -0400 
    Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.


Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:00 -0400 
    In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.


As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:43:00 -0400 
    John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.


100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:11 -0400 
    Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.


13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:00 -0400 
    Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.


A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:08:00 -0400 
    Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.


Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.
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