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—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel

 

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream 
  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:00 -0400 
    In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.


As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:43:00 -0400 
    John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.


100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:11 -0400 
    Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.


13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:23:00 -0400 
    Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.


A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:08:00 -0400 
    Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.


Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.


In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears' 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.


In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:09:00 -0400 
    Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.


A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:55:09 -0400 
    Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.


Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting' 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:40:00 -0400 
    A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.


Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness' 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.


Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.


Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:21:11 -0400 
    Wilson used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's book fills in missing pieces of the president's life. Original interview broadcast Sept. 10, 2013.


9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome) 
  Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:32:00 -0400 
    Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."


Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet 
  Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:30:00 -0400 
    In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.
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