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3:59am

Fri May 22, 2015
Book Reviews

Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 12:17 pm

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her selections of under-the-radar books that you may have missed.
Emily Bogle NPR

Every once in a while, NPR's go-to books guru Nancy Pearl sends Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a tall stack of books. They're generally "under-the-radar" reads — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting.

"I just think that it's so important that readers learn about books that haven't been heavily promoted – what we would call mid-list books," Pearl says.

Here are some of her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading list:

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7:06pm

Tue May 19, 2015
All Tech Considered

Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:20 pm

A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco. Reddit has published a new policy aimed at harassment on the site.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Reddit, billed by its founders as "the front page of the Internet," has long been known as a place of unbridled free speech on the Web where users, known as Redditors, post text, pictures and videos.

But that unbridled free speech sometimes spills over into harassment, sexism and racism. Over the past couple of years, Reddit has been at the center of several controversies concerning harassment, including the release of hundreds of private celebrity photos. It's also become infamous for its unbridled vitriol.

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6:47pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Author Interviews

In 'Out Of Line,' The Many, Many Acts Of Jules Feiffer

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:22 pm

Jules Feiffer Courtesy of ABRAMS Books

A critic once called Jules Feiffer "one of the best cartoonists now writing" and "the best writer now cartooning." That quote is in Out of Line, a new book about Feiffer, a man who does both words and pictures.

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3:23am

Tue May 19, 2015
Parallels

How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:58 am

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Press

To understand how heroin took hold in rural America, you need to go back two decades and look at the surge of prescription drug use in Portsmouth, Ohio, according to journalist Sam Quinones.

A Rust Belt town that had fallen on hard times by the 1990s, Portsmouth became a place where doctors dispensed prescription drugs more freely than anywhere else in the country, Quinones writes in his new book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.

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3:22am

Tue May 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 12:23 pm

Cherokee chief John Ross battled the U.S. government for decades on behalf of his people.
The Art Archive

The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British — and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

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5:22pm

Mon May 18, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Tech Behind Traffic Apps: How (Well) Do They Work?

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:50 pm

Four different apps can sometimes present four different routes. Screenshots of a few of the apps All Things Considered host Robert Siegel tested, from left to right: Google Maps, Inrix, Nokia Here, and Apple Maps.
Google; Inrix; Nokia; Apple

The challenge of strategizing the best route to work against the herd of other drivers can be as routine as the daily commute itself. A number of apps are out there to help shortcut one's route and evade traffic jams. But which ones are the most accurate? And how?

The All Tech Considered team put a few competing traffic apps to the test in Robert Siegel's usual short commute from Arlington, Va., to NPR's D.C. headquarters.

The Test Drive

This ride is about 15 minutes in no traffic. But it's now morning rush hour.

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6:21pm

Sun May 17, 2015
Television

TV Thriller 'Wayward Pines' Offers Suspense — And An Ending

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:56 pm

In Chad Hodge's new Fox series, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) travels to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two missing federal agents.
Liane Hentscher FOX

The new Fox thriller Wayward Pines opens with a chilling scene. A man wakes up in the middle of the forest with cuts and bruises all over his body. Lost and confused, he stumbles into town. The audience soon learns the man is a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon.

"He goes to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, looking for two other Secret Service agents who went missing there and pretty soon he finds out he can't leave," Chad Hodge, showrunner and creator, tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Television

'Mad Men' Writer: Show's Female Characters Aren't Thinking About Feminism

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:44 am

Watching Joan (Christina Hendricks, left) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) navigate the sexism of a 1960s ad agency is part of what has kept audiences hooked on Mad Men.
MIchael Yarish AMC

Editor's note: This conversation discusses plot points from the seventh season of Mad Men.

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6:14pm

Sat May 16, 2015
Music Interviews

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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6:14pm

Sat May 16, 2015
Monkey See

Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:12 am

Ariel Zambelich NPR

When budding TV personality Chris Harrison walked into the offices of ABC back in 2000, he didn't expect much.

The network wanted to jump on the new trend of reality competition shows, and had asked him to host a dating show, where one man would cull through a group of 25 women through a series of dates and cocktail parties, ultimately proposing to one final suitor. It was called The Bachelor.

"I was hoping [the show] would last a few hours," Harrison jokes. "I would meet someone at the network, and it would lead to a real job."

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