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6:52 am
Tue May 21, 2013

American Voices On 'The Unwinding' Of America's Values

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 9:39 am

Halfway through The Unwinding, George Packer — author of the highly praised The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq (2005)delineates how quickly political idealism can disappear when one becomes exposed to a world of easy money.

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First Reads
6:52 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Big Brother' By Lionel Shriver

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 9:37 am

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Lionel Shriver doesn't shy away from hot-button topics. Her breakout novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, from 2003, was about the mother of a teen who kills seven classmates in a school massacre (it was made into a film with Tilda Swinton). Her 2010 novel, So Much for That, which took aim at the American health care system, was nominated for the National Book Award.

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Favorite Sessions
6:31 am
Tue May 21, 2013

The National: Falling For 'Graceless'

The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:57 pm

Seeing The National live in concert can be an intense and cathartic experience. Seeing the band play new songs in the cozy confines of The Cutting Room Studios takes that experience to a new level. The band is in fine form here, as it performs "Graceless," one of the many stand-outs on the new Trouble Will Find Me.

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6:28 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Now's Your Chance To Own A Little Bit Of Gandhi

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 10:13 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Today is your chance to own a little bit of Gandhi. The quirky, unpredictable and ultimately triumphant leader spent decades leading India to independence. Along the way, Mohandis Gandhi became known as Mahatma, or venerated one, and he had an appendectomy. Afterward, doctors took samples of his blood. Two microscope slides bearing that blood are being auctioned today in London with bids expected over $15,000.

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Book News: Stephen King's New Bogeyman? Digital Publishing

Stephen King holds a special pink Kindle given to him at a 2009 unveiling event for the Amazon Kindle 2.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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