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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0400 
    Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.


Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:52:00 -0400 
    Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.


'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."


Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here' 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:47:08 -0400 
    Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.


How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400 
    Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.


Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:02:00 -0400 
    Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.


Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:29:00 -0400 
    Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.


London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.


By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:17:00 -0400 
    When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.


On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:00 -0400 
    Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.


Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0400 
    Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.


Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:42:00 -0400 
    Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.


Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past 
  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:15:00 -0400 
    Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.


When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400 
    When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.


How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.' 
  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:14:00 -0400 
    Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)
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