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'We've Sort of Become Friends': The Original Tapes from David Foster Wallace's '96 Book Tour

Friday, August 14, 2015

David Lipsky's interviews with the author David Foster Wallace are the basis of the film "The End Of The Tour." He and Brooke listen to the original tapes of talks with Wallace in 1996.

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'We've Sort of Become Friends': The Original Tapes from David Foster Wallace's '96 Book Tour

Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Lipsky's interviews with the author David Foster Wallace are the basis of the film "The End Of The Tour." He and Brooke listen to the original tapes of talks with Wallace in 1996.
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Online Supersleuths

Friday, August 07, 2015

Brooke speaks to writer Deborah Halper about her book on the thriving community of internet sleuths who try to crack cold cases. 

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Jon Ronson And Public Shaming

Friday, July 24, 2015

In the digital era, we live in a world where everything is known and it cannot be unknown. Author Jon Ronson talks about how our keyboards have become a powerful weapon. 

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Inventing Fidel Castro

Friday, July 24, 2015

As the U.S. and Cuba normalize relations, we look back at a reporter's early coverage of Cuba's former leader, Fidel Castro.

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Oreo: A Comeback Story

Friday, July 17, 2015

“Oreo,” Fran Ross’s 1974 novel about a biracial teen’s search for her father, was a misfit for its times.  More than 40 years later, are audiences finally ready for this satirical tale?

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A National Conversation

Friday, July 17, 2015

Listening in on the national conversation about race, on Twitter and beyond. Plus, the re-release of a satirical novel about bi-racial identity, and upheaval at Reddit.

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Margaret Atwood Writes for the Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Novelist Margaret Atwood recently handed in a new manuscript, Scribbler Moon, to the Future Library -- which means we'll have to wait until 2114 to read it.

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Did Science Fiction Predict the Future of Journalism?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Brooke speaks with journalist Loren Ghiglione, who believes he might have found some answers about the future of journalism in the science fiction of the past.

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$pread, For and By Sex Workers

Friday, May 01, 2015

Brooke speaks with two former editors of $pread, a magazine by and for sex workers that folded in 2011, about their new anthology and what the media gets wrong about sex work.

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The Sad Puppy Takeover

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hugo Awards, science fiction writing's highest honor, have become an ideological battleground. 

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Far More Than Fifty

Friday, February 20, 2015

The commercial success of Fifty Shades of Grey has introduced America to BDSM and ignited an age-old debate in feminism. Brooke explores the many-shaded implications of mainstream kink.

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Guantanamo Diary

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bob speaks with Larry Siems, the editor of Guantanamo Diary, a memoir by a Guantanamo Bay inmate imprisoned for more than 12 years without charge.

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Online Supersleuths

Friday, January 02, 2015

Brooke speaks to writer Deborah Halper about her book on the thriving community of internet sleuths who try to crack cold cases. 

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Want to Make a Bot That'll Write a Novel? November is the Time to do it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month. This year, for the second time, it's also National Novel Generation Month
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Me and Dog

Friday, October 03, 2014

Two-time Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten, an atheist, is fed up with the relentless drumming of religion into the heads of our impressionable youth.

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Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

Friday, August 01, 2014

With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke spoke with Thompson last year about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Wikipedia pages have produced a unique human intelligence.

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Online Supersleuths

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.

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A Comics Artist Is Taking On Amazon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Artist Anders Nilsen wades into the increasingly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

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