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September 25, 2019 00:30:00
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#1627: Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book “Talking To Strangers”

Malcolm Gladwell’s books bestselling books include “The Tipping Point,” “Blink” and “Outliers.” In his first book in six years, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know,” Gladwell offers an examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go so terribly wrong. ...

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September 09, 2019 00:30:00
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#1625: Bob Berman’s New Book “Earth-Shattering”

The majority of celestial space is inactive and will remain forever unruffled. But when cosmic violence does unfold, it changes the very fabric of the universe, with mega-explosions and ripple effects that reach the near limits of human comprehension. In his new book “Earth-Shattering,” astronomy writer Bob Berman investigates these instances of violence both mammoth […] ...

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September 03, 2019 00:30:00
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#1624: Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Antiracist”

Ibram X. Kendi is the founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic and Author of “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book is “How to Be […] ...

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August 27, 2019 00:30:00
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#1622: Sister Helen Prejean’s “River Of Fire

Sister Helen Prejean is considered one of the nation’s foremost leaders in efforts to abolish the death penalty. In her new book, “River of Fire,” she shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive. ...

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August 27, 2019 00:30:00
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#1621: Author Louis Bayard’s “Courting Mr. Lincoln”

Louis Bayard’s new novel, “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” is an intimately drawn evocation of the love between the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his charming confidante Joshua Speed and his spirited future wife, Mary Todd. ...

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August 06, 2019 00:30:00
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#1620: Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous”

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. ...

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