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How Do You Spot A Nonconformist? You Can Start With Their Internet Browser

February 7, 2016 - 4:50am

According to Adam Grant, a person's preferred browser is one way to tell whether they accept or reject the defaults in their life. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

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Folklore For Hipsters: Fairy Tales Before They Were Cool

February 7, 2016 - 3:16am

Translated from Giambattista Basile's 17th century stories, Tale of Tales — known as the world's first collection of fairy tales — traverses through 50 fantastical adventures.

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Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence

February 6, 2016 - 5:25am

Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.

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Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character

February 6, 2016 - 5:25am

In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.

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Profane And Pornographic, Irvine Welsh's Latest Plumbs A New Kind Of Emptiness

February 6, 2016 - 4:00am

A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh's beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

February 5, 2016 - 10:53am

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

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