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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself 
  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0400 
    During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.


Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain' 
  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:50:00 -0400 
    Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.


'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family 
  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:22:00 -0400 
    Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.


Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge' 
  Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:38:00 -0400 
    Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.


'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:46:00 -0400 
    Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.


Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:11:00 -0400 
    John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."


'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:19:00 -0400 
    Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.


Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:59:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.


Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0400 
    Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.


After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:51:00 -0400 
    A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.


Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:17:00 -0400 
    For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.


'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400 
    Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."


'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From' 
  Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400 
    "A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.


In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home 
  Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:01:30 -0400 
    Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Critics Circle award for his collection of short stories. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2014.


How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight 
  Thu, 19 Mar 2015 03:27:00 -0400 
    In The Battle of Versailles, fashion critic Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.
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