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Daniel Pink's 'When' Shows the Importance Of Timing Throughout Life

NPR Books - 7 hours 31 sec ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Daniel Pink about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In his book, Pink examines the importance of timing in various aspects of life.

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Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

NPR Books - 8 hours 5 min ago

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.

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'Girls In The Picture' Traces A Friendship In The Flickers

NPR Books - 16 hours 15 min ago

A century ago, Hollywood had no stars. Movies were silent and the actors were anonymous. Melanie Benjamin's new novel outlines how actress Mary Pickford and writer Frances Marion changed that.

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See A Famous Monster Come Alive In 'Frankenstein: The 1818 Text'

NPR Books - January 16, 2018 - 4:00am

Most stage and screen versions of Frankenstein are based on a later edition of Mary Shelley's classic — this new reprint of her original text shows the story growing and changing with its author.

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Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing 'Love'

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

Matt de la Peña's new children's book covers the good and the bad of everyday life. He says, "I had to be honest that there are going to be these things in life that are tough and that are dark."

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'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 12:31pm

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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From Madison Park To Washington, D.C. With Eric Motley (Rebroadcast)

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 8:06am

Raised by adoptive grandparents, Motley found his way to the Oval Office as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, he's telling a story about what a good community can do, even when things are bad.

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Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 4:00am

Georgia Gilmore organized black women to cook without raising the suspicions of their white employers, and poured the proceeds into an alternative transportation system for Montgomery bus boycotters.

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