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The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll' 
  Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:24:00 -0500 
    In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.

Taye Diggs' Child Served As Inspiration For 'Mixed Me' 
  Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:07:37 -0500 
    Walker, the young son of actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, inspired his father to write a book about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

Putting It All On The Table: Author Recalls A Food-Obsessed Family 
  Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:07:00 -0500 
    NPR's Michel Martin talks with author Dawn Lerman about her book My Fat Dad, an exploration of the many ways food shapes our connection to family.

Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Work And The Painful Process Of Getting Conscious 
  Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:02:00 -0500 
    The writer, whose Between The World And Me was the winner of this year's National Book Award in nonfiction, talks about his process and the classmate and friend to whom he dedicated the award.

In 'The Nordic Cookbook,' An In-Depth Take On Region's Diverse Cuisine 
  Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:18:00 -0500 
    Looking for a recipe for pickled herring or blood pancakes cooked in reindeer fat? Chef Magnus Nilsson's The Nordic Cookbook has these recipes and nearly 700 others.

Carly Simon: 'I'm Constantly Reemerging In My Life' 
  Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:16:00 -0500 
    The woman behind "You're So Vain" has stories for days about love and music. On the occasion of a new memoir, she joins NPR's Scott Simon to unfold a few of them.

Soul-Sucking Vampires Of David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Started On Twitter 
  Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:01:41 -0500 
    Mitchell compares tweeting the story of his latest novel to escaping a straitjacket. "I like what I had to do to circumvent [Twitter's] restrictions," he says.

Aziz Ansari: Talking Modern Love With The 'Master Of None' 
  Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:03:00 -0500 
    Hidden Brain host Shankar Vedantam talks to comedian Aziz Ansari — star of a new Netflix show and co-author of Modern Romance — about Tinder, texting and how dating is a bit like ... buying jam.

'This Old Man' Looks Back On A Full Life 
  Sat, 14 Nov 2015 08:19:24 -0500 
    Roger Angell's latest book is a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, centered on "This Old Man," his memorable essay about the pains and pleasures of living into your 90s.

The 'Amazing Fantastic Incredible' Life Of Stan Lee, Now In Comic Form 
  Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:55:00 -0500 
    Stan Lee is a comic book legend. He's the writer behind Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. Host Renee Montagne sits down with the 92-year-old to talk comics and his own superheroic life.

Shonda Rhimes On Running 3 Hit Shows And The Limits Of Network TV 
  Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:48:00 -0500 
    The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images — like same-sex couple love scenes — on air.

For A Year, Shonda Rhimes Said 'Yes' To All The Things That Scared Her 
  Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:08:00 -0500 
    The creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal says despite the success of her shows, her life "had gotten really small," so she decided to step out of her comfort zone. Year of Yes is her new memoir.

'Arab Of The Future' Chronicles The Challenges Of A Cross-Cultural Childhood 
  Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:43:51 -0500 
    Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality."

Why Eating Food Out Of A Bowl Makes Nigella Lawson Happy 
  Mon, 09 Nov 2015 05:07:00 -0500 
    Steve Inskeep talks to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson about the breadth of food you can serve in a bowl. Her latest cookbook is called, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.

'Hotels of North America' Chronicles Life By Hotel Reviews 
  Sun, 08 Nov 2015 07:53:00 -0500 
    Rick Moody's new novel Hotels of North America is told in the form of a series of online hotel reviews. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Moody about how travel can sometimes help us find our way home.
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