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6:56 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Obama To Pick New Pentagon, CIA Leaders

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 8:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

President Obama wants a Republican to be his next secretary of Defense, and some Republicans really don't like the choice.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
6:55 am
Mon January 7, 2013

A Literary Sex Education In Mumbai

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Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 8:14 am

Manil Suri is the author of the forthcoming novel The City of Devi.

Through the 1960s and '70s and well into the present century, Harold Robbins' name has stood out in India as someone who has perhaps educated the entire repressed subcontinent (or at least its English-speaking population) about sex.

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The Record
6:53 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The Week In Music: What To Read Now That We're Back In The Saddle

Das Racist, in happier times.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 11:13 am

This week writers came back from the holiday break ready to play. From David Denby unloading in the New Yorker, to John Jeremiah Sullivan working a mention of the Fruit Jar Guzzlers into a Paris Review piece, Robert Christgau beating his breast over Das Racist's breakup and an examination of the visuals of extreme music, there wasn't a lot of taking it easy. Lucky you.


Who's That? Brooown!

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Music Interviews
6:50 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The Voice Of 'Schoolhouse Rock' On The Series At 40

Schoolhouse Rock!, the series of educational shorts that ran on Saturday mornings in the 1970s and '80s, is 40 this year.
ABC

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 9:02 am

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Music
6:48 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen

Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.
Marina Abadjieff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 9:02 am

Years ago, without setting out to do so, the Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas jumped out ahead of the pop-culture curve in two ways. First, geography: The band was formed in Brooklyn in the 1990s, before the New York borough became the mecca of independent music that it is today. Second, the music itself: Afrobeat makes its way into lots of popular music today, but Antibalas was doing it before it had a mainstream foothold.

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Books
6:47 am
Mon January 7, 2013

'The Great Agnostic': Giving Up Politics To Preach Against Religion

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 9:02 am

Attention American history buffs, here's a name you might not have heard before: Robert Ingersoll. According to author Susan Jacoby, he was "one of the most famous people in America in the last quarter of the 19th century."

"He went around the country," Jacoby tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "He spoke to more people than presidents. He was also an active mover and shaker behind the scenes of the Republican Party."

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Books
6:44 am
Mon January 7, 2013

For 'Wheel Of Time' Fans, The Last Battle Is At Hand

The Wheel of Time series tells the story of Rand Al'Thor, a farm boy who discovers he's a prophesied hero.
Tor Books

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 9:02 am

  • Hear An Extended Interview With Harriet McDougal
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It's the moment fantasy fans have been waiting for (really!): After more than 20 years, and 13 doorstopper volumes, the last book in the best-selling Wheel of Time series comes out Tuesday. The series unfolds an epic battle between good and evil — think Game of Thrones but more so: more characters, more magic, more tiny little world-building details, more everything.

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Author Interviews
6:43 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Kids Rule In The Land Of 'Hokey Pokey'

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 12:41 pm

You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out ... chances are you know the rest. But in Jerry Spinelli's latest book, the Hokey Pokey is much more than a children's song and dance. Hokey Pokey is the name of a magical universe where kids are in charge — no adults in sight. There are herds of bikes, endless cartoons, a cuddle station and dessert for lunch every day.

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You Must Read This
6:43 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Adjust Your Vision: Tolstoy's Last And Darkest Novel

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Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 6:03 am

George Saunders' latest book is called Tenth of December: Stories.

It's become commonplace to say that good fiction "wakes us up." The speaker usually means that he — a righteous, likable person, living in the correct way — becomes, post-reading, temporarily even more righteous and likable.

Resurrection, Tolstoy's last and darkest novel, works differently.

It's a shocking and impolite book, seemingly incapable of that last-minute epiphanic updraft or lyric reversal that lets us walk away from even the darkest novel fundamentally intact.

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Animals
6:43 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Cat Tries To Help Inmates Bust Out Of Prison

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:56 am

Authorities at a Brazilian prison noticed a bulky cat wandering on prison grounds. They discovered the small black-and-white cat was hauling in saws, drills, a cell phone and charger — all taped to its body.

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