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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
William Shakespeare's birth date is unknown, but he was baptized on April 23, 1564, and died on April 26, 1616. Devotees celebrate his birthday on April 23. (Wikimedia Commons)

To mark the occasion, Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson read from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina is pictured on January 27, 2014, in Nairobi. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In this June 5, 2012, file photo, the marble statue of ancient Greek philosopher Plato, stands in front of the Athens Academy, as the Greek flag flies in Athens. (Dimitri Messinis/AP)

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.”

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers (right) and his son Christopher Myers are both concerned about the lack of diversity in children's literature. (Malin Fezehal)

African-American children’s book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Erik Kolbell's new book "When Your Life Is On Fire" asks what's most important in life to 13 different people. (Courtesy of JRB Communications)

Erik Kolbell’s new book asks what’s most important to us in life — loved ones, possessions, personal beliefs and more.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Michael Gibney, author "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line." (Ungano & Agriodimas/Facebook)

Michael Gibney’s new book “Sous Chef” lets readers experience 24 hours in the kitchen of an upscale New York restaurant.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin are the authors of "What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss." (Ilana Diamond)

If you’ve ever failed at trying to start a conversation with an intriguing looking person at a party, these authors can help.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
U.S. novelist John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) is pictured in January 1930. "The Grapes of Wrath" was published April 14, 1939. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Judy Feaster says scouts regularly hang out in their cars or browse the shelves towards the front of McKay’s, watching for employees taking cartons full of books out to the free bin. She’s pretty sure the store knows what they’re up to. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

Every day, people donate old books to thrift shops or sell them for a quarter at yard sales. But some of those castoffs are worth much more.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, are expecting their first child. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
The S.S. United States, which held speed records for Atlantic crossings, is docked in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

The fastest cruise liner ever built is gutted and rusting, but has attracted the attention of a best-selling author and illustrator.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An engaged Muslim couple by the sea (D'Arcy Vallance/Flickr)

In the story collection “Salaam, Love,” Muslim men talk about growing up in the U.S. and their search for love, sex and intimacy.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Qais Akbar Omar (Tom Fattori)

An Afghan author reflects on the possibilities for his country and the Afghan people’s optimism following the national election.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, located in Paris, turns 125 this week. (James Whitesmith/Flickr)

The Paris landmark was completed this week in 1889. We look at its history and legacy with Joseph Harriss.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, November 18, 1993. On the 20 year anniversary of Cobain's death and with Nirvana about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back on Cobain's lasting legacy. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

It’s been 20 years since the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross joins us to look at his legacy.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone waits to see what Twitter's opening market price will be on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The co-founder of Twitter discusses the early days of Twitter, how to achieve success and his latest venture, Jelly.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sonia Nazario wrote about a Honduran boy who came to the United States in search of his mother. (Random House

The author of “Enrique’s Journey” revisits the dangerous journey children make from Central America to the United States.

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Monday, March 24, 2014
David Stuart MacLean experienced amnesia when he traveled to India. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

David Stuart MacLean recounts his attempt to piece together his trip in India, where he experienced amnesia.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Principal Jose Navarro with student Noe Delgado at the Social Justice Humanitas Academy graduation in June 2013. (Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

Why do some low-income schools succeed where others fail? We speak with an expert and two remarkable educators.

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 22 Comment

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

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Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

April 21 Comment

Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

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‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" is running with a legally blind athlete.