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Autonomous Weapons Would Take Warfare To A New Domain, Without Humans

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:07:00 -0400

Former special operations agent Paul Scharre helped create U.S. military guidelines on autonomous weapons. His new book Army of None, looks at the advances in technology, and the questions they raise.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Reflects On 'Ambition And Manhood In America'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:26:03 -0400

Gregory Pardlo's new memoir, Air Traffic, chronicles his complicated relationship with his father, a labor organizer who lost his job following the air traffic controllers' 1981 strike.

'Art Of The Wasted Day' Makes A Case For Letting The Mind Wander

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:09:11 -0400

Patricia Hampl's sharp new book argues that daydreaming is a vital part of life. Maureen Corrigan says, after reading it, "you'll understand more of what makes life worth living."

Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

The play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened on Sunday and picks up where the last novel left off, with Harry sending his son off to Hogwarts.

Ronan Farrow On #MeToo, Diplomacy, And The 'War On Peace'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:06:30 -0400

The newly minted Pulitzer winner talks about his latest work.

Goldberg's 'Suicide Of The West' Tackles Ills Of Identity Politics

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:59:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg about his new book, Suicide of the West. Goldberg argues that the "miracle" of liberal democratic capitalism is at risk.

In 'At My Table,' Nigella Lawson Celebrates Home Cooking

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:59:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to author Nigella Lawson about her latest cookbook: At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking. She says that home cooking is a creative arena.

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

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:42:00 -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 re-enter 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.