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7:01 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:17 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. When you hear us say Karachi, Pakistan, you might assume we're going to bring you're a story about terrorism or a bombing or a kidnapping - and you would often be right. It is the most violent city in all of Pakistan. But NPR's Philip Reeves found that isn't all there is to the city. In fact, there's often a gap between Karachi's reputation and the reality of the place, as he explains in this letter from Pakistan.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAFFIC NOISE)

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Books News & Features
7:01 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Amazon Plunges Into Christian Publishing With Waterfall Imprint

Amazon Publishing

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:13 am

The online superstore Amazon got its start selling books — and it's been getting into the publishing business as well, with imprints for genres like science fiction, romance and mystery.

Until now, though, it hasn't had its fingers in one of the biggest slices of the publishing pie: Christian books. That changed this past week, with the introduction of the Waterfall Press imprint.

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Author Interviews
7:01 am
Sun February 2, 2014

American Muslim Men Balance Faith And Love In 'Salaam'

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 12:16 pm

What exactly do Muslim men want? That's the theme of a new book of essays called Salaam, Love. It's the companion volume to one that came out last year called Love, InshAllah, which focused on the lives of American Muslim women.

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Author Interviews
7:01 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Gothic Thriller Takes Two Young Girls Down A 'Dark Road To Mercy'

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:17 pm

Twelve-year-old Easter Quillby has learned to keep her expectations low in order to protect herself from more disappointment in life. It's a coping mechanism she developed to keep her and her 6-year-old sister, Ruby, safe after their mom unexpectedly passed away. But when their estranged dad kidnaps them from foster care, they're forced to live in the middle of his past and present mistakes — all the while trying to figure out what family is supposed to mean.

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Sunday Puzzle
6:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Drop The Zero And Get With The Hero

NPR

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 12:17 pm

On-air challenge: For each single letter given, recombine it with the letters in the word "ZERO" to spell a new word. For example, ZERO plus F would be "FROZE."

Last week's challenge: What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?

Answer: Blossom, bloom

Winner: Trey Moody of Killeen, Texas

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PG-13: Risky Reads
5:02 am
Sun February 2, 2014

A Suburban Teen Saw The Sparkle Of 'Edie' — But Not The Pain

Donald Bowers Getty Images

At 13, I was a girl frantically itching to get out of her own skin. Growing up in Grosse Pointe, a sleepy suburb of Detroit, a place for which the word "serene" seems coined, I was a perpetual yearner. I became a compulsive reader of biographies as a way of imagining myself into lives more dramatic than my own.

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Author Interviews
4:05 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Anna Quindlen Spins A Tale Of Middle-Aged Reinvention

Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:58 am

Rebecca Winter is at a crossroads. The famous photographer had been living off of sales of one particular photograph for years. When the money stream starts to dry up, she reluctantly decides to rent out her Manhattan apartment and move to a small, rural town far from her seemingly fabulous New York life. It is here that she tries to map out her next chapter. No longer married, no longer needed as much by her grown son, no longer as successful as she used to be.

That's where we meet the main character in Anna Quindlen's newest novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

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Book Reviews
1:43 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

'Hang Wire' Is A Love Letter To Weird America

Hang Wire is Adam Christopher's fourth novel.
Courtesy of Angry Robot

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 5:03 am

The New Zealand-bred, England-based author Adam Christopher has a thing for America. He's built a name for himself over the past couple years spinning fanciful yarns full of superheroes, shifts in time, and a refined pulp pop, starting with his New York City-set debut Empire State. His fourth and latest novel, the standalone urban fantasy Hang Wire, fiddles with that formula a bit without omitting a single element. If anything, Christopher amps up the mash-up on Hang Wire, combining everything from ancient deities to arcade carnies to serial killers.

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Movies
7:42 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

So a Rabbinical student, a Canadian and a comic walk into Chicago's "Second City." They turn out to be the same person, David Steinberg.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED SECOND CITY ACT)

MARTIN SHORT: So this evening we're very, very glad to have with us the first Eskimo folk singer, Mr. Nanook Smith.

DAVID STEINBERG: No, I'm the second. My brother was the first and was swallowed by a big huge polar bear.

SHORT: Oh, that's too bad. I'm sorry to hear that.

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Pop Culture
7:42 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:45 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

When the Oscar nominees for best song were announced earlier this month, there were, of course, several well-known titles, including Karen O's "The Moon Song," from the movie "Her"; and Pharrell Williams' "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2." Then there was this...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALONE...YET NOT ALONE")

JONI EARECKSON TADA: (Singing) I will not be bent in fear. He's the refuge I know is near...

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Food
7:42 am
Sat February 1, 2014

What's Best To Drink With Pizza And Football?

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This Super Bowl weekend millions of slices of pizza will be consumed and 51 million cases of beer. But there are a lot of beverages to wash down a slice. Katie Parla is a journalist and food historian. She's from New Jersey, where the game will be played, but she lives in Italy now and has written about beverages that go with pizza for Saveur magazine. She joins us on the line from Rome. Thanks very much for being with us.

KATIE PARLA: Thanks for having me.

SIMON: So what's your beverage lineup?

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Arts & Life
7:42 am
Sat February 1, 2014

A Winter Straight Out Of Dante's 'Inferno'

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:00 pm

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We generally think of hell as hot, but with the polar vortex sweeping through the country, many Americans may feel that hell is these bleak, cold days of mid-winter. Sally Franson is a write who's felt besieged in her apartment in Minneapolis. She says, "Dante's hell and winters are the same thing." And that's a direct quote from a blog post that she wrote this week. Sally Franson joins us now from Minneapolis. Thanks very much for being with us.

SALLY FRANSON: Pleasure.

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Book Reviews
5:02 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Through The 'Dust,' Glimmers Of Brilliance

courtesy of Knopf

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:44 am

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's Kenya is a country knit together by secrets. Each character in Dust, her debut novel, owns a share of his land's violent past, a history that longs to be forgotten. They live and love in an atmosphere of mutually agreed-upon silence, a mindset best summed up by Nyipir Oganda, a former soldier: "For the good of the country," he tells his daughter, "we know, nyara, that to name the unnameable is a curse."

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Author Interviews
2:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Born Together, Then Torn Apart, In Civil War-Era Minnesota

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:00 pm

Clement and Angel, fraternal twins separated at birth, have very different lives. After being abandoned, both are raised in Stillwater, Minn., around the time of the Civil War. But Clement dwells among orphans and prostitutes; Angel is adopted by a wealthy couple, and she lives in the town's mansion.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Not My Job: A Dinosaur Expert Gets Quizzed On Barney

Dan Dry Courtesy Paul Sereno

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 12:51 pm

Paleontologist Paul Sereno is a globe-trotting, headline-making explorer. He's a University of Chicago professor who has discovered several new dinosaur species — and he's also been named to People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people.

Since he's an expert on the dinosaurs of the past, we're going to ask him about a big, friendly dinosaur of the present. We'll present him with three questions about Barney, the purple dinosaur.

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Code Switch
3:11 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

Gund Kwok troupe member Heang Ly takes a break next to her lion costume during a rehearsal in Boston's Chinatown.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 6:14 pm

Lion and dragon dancers are set to parade down Chinatown streets around the country again with the Friday start of another Lunar New Year.

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This Week's Must Read
3:11 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Performers get ready before the start of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong on Jan. 31.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:51 pm

Jan. 31 brings the beginning of the Year of the Horse, and while concerns about air pollution have led to fewer celebratory fireworks than usual in China, Patty Chang Anker says that for her, there is no shortage of traditional food. Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals.

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Monkey See
12:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Yes, Jesse Eisenberg Should Absolutely Play Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg during a portrait session at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in September 2013.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

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Barbershop
10:01 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:59 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Book Reviews
9:13 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 2:08 pm

The second best quality Diane Johnson has as a writer is that she's so smart. Her first best quality — and one that's far more rare — is that she credits her audience with being smart, too. Whether she's writing fiction, biography or essays, Johnson lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds.

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NPR Story
8:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Is Privacy Over? Tell Us Your Thoughts

Have we seen the end of privacy?
Courtesy of TED

Join the conversation at huff.to/yourprivacy

Everyone expects a degree of privacy. But is losing our privacy the cost of living in a modern world? Or can we have both?

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Monkey See
7:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Grammys Postmortem And Reality TV In Middle Age

NPR

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 8:09 am

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We at PCHH have a long history with awards shows in general and the Grammys in particular, but this year's Grammys were a little different. Yes, Daft Punk took some big prizes, and Lorde took some big prizes, and Taylor Swift really played that piano super-hard, and Kacey Musgraves wore a dress that lit up.

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

What Would You Do If The Feds Were Watching You?

"By me putting all this information out there, what I'm basically telling you is I'm telling you everything." — Hasan Elahi
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:18 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Hasan Elahi's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

"I am more concerned about the ... kind of scenario where we have willingly given away our autonomy in exchange for a little bit of convenience." — Alessandro Acquisti
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:02 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Alessandro Acquisti's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

"People like to share, if you give them the opportunity and the choice." — John Wilbanks
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:02 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About John Wilbanks' TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Can The Open-Data Revolution Change Our Democracies?

"What we need to do is think of ourselves as active participants in the conversation." — Beth Noveck
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:02 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Beth Noveck's TEDTalk

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TED Radio Hour
7:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

"It's my job to keep secrets." — Mikko Hyppönen
TEDx Brussels/Scorpix

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:02 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Mikko Hyppönen's TEDTalk

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The Two-Way
5:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Book News: U.N.-Backed Report Finds 'Shocking' Levels of Youth Illiteracy

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • An education report commissioned by UNESCO found "shocking levels of youth illiteracy" around the world. At least 250 million of the 650 million primary school age children globally aren't learning basic skills in reading and math, the report finds.

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Author Interviews
3:22 am
Fri January 31, 2014

What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:58 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When we talk about a triple threat we're often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series "The Office" where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.

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Movie Reviews
4:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

At Home, With Mom And Her Murderous Beau

Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), give the wounded and desperate Frank (Josh Brolin) a ride, only to realize that Frank is an escaped convict being hunted by local police.
Dale Robinette Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 5:51 pm

So here's the setup: It's 1987. Frank, a convicted murderer, has escaped from a New Hampshire prison, and he's holding Adele, a fragile divorcee, and her 12-year-old son, Henry, captive in their own house until they eat his chili.

Turns out it's good chili — so good that it inspires Adele, whom the handsome convict has tied up very gently and tenderly, to reminisce about a conversation she and her son had about his sex education class. Seriously, it's some good chili. And did I mention that Frank is handsome?

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