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Jonathan Lethem considers Philip K. Dick one of his literary heroes.  Lethem talks about how Dick was able to combine his brilliant imagination with his original mainstream ambitions to produce the groundbreaking literary science fiction that he's known for.

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hall of mirrors
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The central question of Philip K. Dick's fiction is "What is reality?" Literary critic Umberto Rossi explains that Dick's work often contains many possible realities.

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12:44
Chuck Klosterman
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When you talk about people's personalities, he says, there's not many things more interesting than what they really want and can't get.

Flowering headphones
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NPR music critic Ann Powers reflects on how Americans have used music to talk around their awkward feelings related to sex and race.

Football game
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Author Steve Almond wrestles with the ugly undertones of America's favorite sport.

Still from  "The Glass Castle"
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It's a rite of passage to find our parents embarrassing, particularly as we start to carve out distinct identities in those early years away from home. For Jeannette Walls, the moment was a bit more extreme. 

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11:07
Traveling into the phone
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Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”

Super punch.
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After spending time with a real-life superhero in Seattle called Phoenix Jones, author Jon Ronson wonders if people like him can actually fight crime.

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Anne interviews Rick McIntyre during a wolf watching session.
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Wolf biologist Rick McIntyre took a moment from his own wolf watching to explain the lives of Yellowstone wolves, one he's observed first hand almost every day for 22 years.

Piles and piles of books
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With her decision to step down as the chief book critic for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani sent the book world reeling. In this piece from our archive, authors reflect on the impact of the NYT's' infamous head book critic.

Dangerous Ideas

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.

Twitterstorm of bots
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Computer scientist Filippo Menczer has evidence of a bot campaign targeting one of Twitter's biggest power users: President Trump.

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Journalist Zach Beauchamps guides us through what he calls the "Russiasphere," the online world of liberal fake news.

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Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment.

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2:08
Tommy Caldwell, at his base camp in the middle of the Dawn Wall.
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Tommy Caldwell talks about his lifelong obsession with climbing.

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16:06
Li
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Author Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.

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12:24
violin
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Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.

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10:21
John Waters
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John Waters might not be an ideal role model— so why let him give a commencement address?

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13:34
House on the Rock Carousel
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Author Neil Gaiman on the magic beyond the House on the Rock's walls.

Elisabeth Moss in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"
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The legendary speculative fiction writer on why young people identify with dark, murky futures.

George Saunders
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2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders talks about his creative process, his fledgling Buddhist practice, and the enduring fascination with Lincoln and the Civil War.

Fargo season 3
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Showrunner Noah Hawley's approach for adapting the series captures the classic film's essence.

Lone tree
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Laird Hunt has written what is really three stories wrapped around each other: A famous lynching in Marion, the story of a song about it, “Strange Fruit,” and a new novel, which begins on that terrible day. 

Freeman Dyson
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Physicist Freeman Dyson reflects on what he learned from Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and Richard Feynman.

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13:10
magic in the internet
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Despite pining for landline telephones, writer Virginia Heffernan sees magic in the potential of the internet.

trippy mountain
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Desperate for help with his PTSD, Dan Kasza took a strange brew of frog venom and ayahuasca.

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6:52
AYELET WALDMAN
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How taking microdoses of LSD for a month helped her find a calm she hadn’t known for years.

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12:07
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We're asking listeners to show us what brings love into their lives. Share yours on Instagram by tagging it #TTBOOK.

Asumaya
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Our musical guest for this hour, Asumaya, talks about how one person can play the music of a full band.

Esteban Touma
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Comedian Esteban Touma reflects on love and marriage, and reveals how squirrels explain the mysteries of evolution.

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