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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0500

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.



Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:08:00 -0500

An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.



What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:53 -0500

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.



The Circus Is A Glittering Wartime Refuge In 'The Orphan's Tale'

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Pam Jenoff's new novel follows two women who sign on with a German traveling circus — and the Jewish baby they're both determined to protect as the darkness of World War II falls across Europe.



Art Exhibit Doubles As Used Book Store For Spanish Speakers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

A traveling Spanish bookstore has opened in Boston, its eighth and last stop. The creator says the art installation responds to the disappearance of bookstores, and the "invisibility" of Spanish.



After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:00 -0500

The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.



'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.



In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.



An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.



Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."



Imagining The Present As The Future Of The 1950s

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Elan Mastai grew up fascinated by the 1950s sci-fi books. He talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his novel All Our Wrong Todays that imagines a world with jet packs and flying cars.



In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:00 -0500

The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.



Looking Past Words: Twitter Movement Helps People Notice Typefaces

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0500

Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.



'Shining City' Is Packed With Timely Thrills

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:25:00 -0500

Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.



Letting Go Is The Hardest Thing For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:00:18 -0500

George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.