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Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:21:00 -0400

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Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:21:00 -0400

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:34:00 -0400

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids' Late Fees

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:19:00 -0400

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

The Book That Changed The Borders

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:06:30 -0400

On this show, we show how the book "Borderlands" has been integrated into the Chicana and feminist literary canon.

Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:01:00 -0400

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:00 -0400

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:28:00 -0400

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

Where Do We Come From?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Look in a microscope to find out.

'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen Thriller

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:15 -0400

Malinda Lo's new book sets up a classic conflict — townie kids versus prep schoolers — and adds nuanced queer characters. Despite a flawed second half, A Line in the Dark has much to offer.

Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:15 -0400

The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet.