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  • Cover of Stoner
    6:18pm May 19, 2013
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    Decades Later And Across An Ocean, A Novel Gets Its Due

    John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
  • 7:47pm May 18, 2013
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    'Waiting To Be Heard' No More, Amanda Knox Speaks Out

    Less than two months into her study abroad program in Italy, Amanda Knox was accused and eventually convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. After her conviction was overturned, Knox returned home to Seattle — and now faces a potential retrial. Knox tells her story in a new memoir.
  • 7:47pm May 18, 2013
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    Three-Minute Fiction Reading: 'Plum Baby'

    NPR's Susan Stamberg reads an excerpt of one of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. She reads Plum Baby by Carmiel Banasky of Portland, Ore.
  • 11:23am May 17, 2013
    Science Science Books

    Resetting the Theory of Time

    Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists--and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the universe.
  • 11:23am May 17, 2013
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    Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

    A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of Man Eating Bugs, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.
  • Would Mel Brooks' famous 2,000-Year-Old Man have understood modern language? Researchers say there's a possibility.
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    5:41pm May 14, 2013
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    Could You Talk To A Caveman? Scientists Say It's Possible

    Researchers at the University of Reading are speculating that today's languages share a common root dating as far back as the last Ice Age. Words like "mother," "man" and "ashes" are categorized as "ultraconserved," meaning they are survivors of a lost language from which many modern tongues are descended.
  • Cover of Impossible Odds
    1:19pm May 14, 2013
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    In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

    In 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and her dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs.
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
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    3:39pm May 13, 2013
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    In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

    The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States.