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Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 11:00 AM
The cover of writer Ron Rash's new collection of short stories, "Something Rich and Strange." (Courtesy Harper Collins)

Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Congressman Steve Israel (D-MD) is also the author of a new satirical novel, "The Global War On Morris."  (Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Congressman, now novelist, Steve Israel turns a satirical eye at Congress and the war on terror in his new book. He’s with us. Plus: could Mitt Romney really run for President a third time? And will Jeb Bush run, too?

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Friday, December 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM
A image from the first volume of the "Sandman" series, written by Neil Gaiman. (Courtesy Vertigo/DC Entertainment   )

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM
During National Novel Writing Month participants write an average of 1,667 words a day to complete a novel by the end of the month. (Oliver Hammond / Flickr)

One month to write an entire novel. We look at the craze of National Novel Writing Month.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Novelist and National Book Award-winning Alice McDermott. (Jamie Schoenberger / Epic Photography)

On St. Patrick ‘s Day, remembering and living with beloved Irish-American writer Alice McDermott.

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Monday, November 25, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A image from the first volume of the "Sandman" series, written by Neil Gaiman. (Courtesy Vertigo/DC Entertainment   )

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

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Friday, September 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is out with a new novel in her dystopian trilogy about a future world gone wrong. (Jean Malek)

Novelist Margaret Atwood is back with her end of the world trilogy and a new human race.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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We speak with Alexander McCall Smith, author of the “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, about his novel “La’s Orchestra Saves the World.”

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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The life and times of one-of-a-kind children’s writer Roald Dahl. He gave us “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” A new biography gives us his life.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Director Guillermo del Toro (WBUR's Jesse Costa)

Super-hot director Guillermo del Toro made his movie name with “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Now, he’s writing about vampires. He joins us.

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Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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Feb 27, 2015
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

 
Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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