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Inez Burns' Abortion Clinic Was One Of San Francisco's Worst Kept Secrets

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:42:41 -0400

Inez Burns performed illegal abortions in California in the early 1900s. She was a shrewd real estate entrepreneur, and eventually became the target of a politician who ruined her.

'Bring The War Home' Shows 'Lone Wolf' Terrorists Are Really Part Of A Pack

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:40:00 -0400

Kathleen Belew's new book explores the impact of the Vietnam War on America's white power movement; Belew says that movement was behind a lot of domestic terror attacks attributed to "lone wolves."

Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:39:00 -0400

Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around "fact and not sentimentality."

In 'Head On,' Killer Robots, Dogged Gumshoes ... And A Very Important Cat

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:00:24 -0400

John Scalzi returns to the world of Lock In -- where people incapacitated by a strange disease can reenter the world through robot avatars — for a murder mystery that turns on a cat named Donut.

NPR Poetry Month: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:34:00 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with children's book author and poet Andrea Davis Pinkney about her picks from the #NPRPoetry submissions.

In 'Chasing Hillary,' Reporter Chronicles A Decade Spent Covering Hillary Clinton

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:34:00 -0400

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, author of a new memoir, talks to Michel Martin about the media's focus on the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the impact on the presidential election.

Talking With Author Sam J. Miller About 'Blackfish City: A Novel'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:36:14 -0400

The new book Blackfish City tells of a near future that's both dystopian and utopian all at once. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Sam J. Miller about his story and about the influence of his father.

New Book 'Windrush' Sheds Light On Multi-Racial Britain

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:36:14 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Trevor Phillips, co-author of: Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-racial Britain. The U.K. is roiled by revelations of the Windrush generation of immigrants.

'The Only Story': An Old Man Recalls His Young Love For An Older Woman

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:36:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Julian Barnes about his new novel The Only Story. It's about an aging Englishman and the memory of the only woman he ever loved.

'How To Suppress Women's Writing:' 3 Decades Old And Still Sadly Relevant

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:00:24 -0400

This collection of essays by novelist and scholar Joanna Russ was first published in 1983 — but it reads as if it might've come out last week. "Get angry; then get a reading list," says our critic.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

It's our second roundup this week.

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:00 -0400

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

'God Save Texas' Is Essential Reading For Everyone — Even Non-Texans

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:23 -0400

Lawrence Wright is at his best in this new examination of his home state — a thoughtful, beautifully written book about a place that can be hard for outsiders to understand.

The Wednesday News Roundup

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

You read that right.

Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:29 -0400

This week, Action Comics becomes the first American comic book to reach #1000, though that numbering comes with an asterisk. More important: the return of Superman's red trunks — and yellow belt.