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NPR's Short Wave: 'An Outsider's Guide to Humans'
Scientist Camilla Pang on her award-winning memoir, An Outsider's Guide to Humans. In it, Pang uses scientific principles to explore human behavior.
'All That She Carried' weaves together generations of Black women
Historian Tiya Miles tells the story of three generations of Black women tied together by a single cotton sack in All That She Carried
'Chouette' is part owl part human baby. Fine. But how to raise her?
Claire Oshetsky's new novel Chouette is... pretty strange, but also kind of wonderful? Oshetsky says the story is a parable about motherhood, in which a woman gives birth to an owl baby. The mother finds this strange not because the baby is an owl, but because she only had intercourse with the owl parent in a dream, and that owl was a woman. Still with us? Good. Oshetsky talked with NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben about how her own daughter consulted on writing the book, and what she learned from raising an autistic child.
'Black Food' is more than just recipes, it's the stories behind them
Cookbook author and chef Bryant Terry edited and curated the new book, Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From Across The African Diaspora. His goal was to preserve Black American recipes and their complex stories, but he uses more than just food to tell those stories. The book is also full of essays, art and music. Terry told Here And Now's Scott Tong that the cookbook is a "communal shrine to the shared culinary histories of the African Diaspora."
Celebrating NPR's Petra Mayer with three literary things she loved
Our beloved friend and colleague Petra Mayer died suddenly a few weeks ago. This episode is for her. First, a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon and Sir Andrew Motion on The Folio Book of War Poetry, edited by Motion. Among her many nerdy interests, Petra was a self avowed "WWI poetry dork." The poetry is dark and moving, conveying universal feelings around loss. Then, a few quintessentially "Petra" pieces that capture her work and who she was. A conversation with romance author Beverly Jenkins and Petra talking about one of her favorite comfort reads, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.
Tommy Orange is here to hold the door open for future Indigenous writers
Author Tommy Orange wasn't quite comfortable in his sudden fame in 2018. But thinks it's important to re-write the historical record for readers and future Native authors.
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