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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul' 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    "The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.


Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:27 -0400 
    Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.


From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:44:00 -0400 
    Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.


One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy' 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400 
    When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.


There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400 
    Morning Edition's David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.


Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:00 -0400 
    In her new book, The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.


Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Azar Nafisi about her new book, The Republic of Imagination, a reflection on America through three of its most memorable books.


Chef Ottolenghi Makes The Case For 'Plenty More' Vegetables 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:43:00 -0400 
    Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi talks with Rachel Martin about the difference between supermarket hummus and Middle Eastern hummus and why he doesn't like to call his cookbooks "vegetarian."


A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: 'Does Santa Exist?' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:07:00 -0400 
    Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.


424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall' 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:33:00 -0400 
    A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.


Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix 
  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.


Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth 
  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:48:56 -0400 
    The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.


The Jacket Designer's Challenge: To Capture A Book By Its Cover 
  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:25:00 -0400 
    Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why "dead authors get the best" covers.


Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book 
  Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:28:00 -0400 
    James Risen could face prison for refusing to reveal his source for a story about a botched CIA operation intended to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. His new book is Pay Any Price.


In This 'Alphabet,' 'O' Is For Helpful Owl And 'C' Is For Escapist Cup 
  Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:13:53 -0400 
    From a cup who dreams of a window seat to a problem-solving owl, Oliver Jeffers' new picture book, Once Upon an Alphabet, gives each letter its own story.
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