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Author Kazuo Ishiguro Explores Love, Loneliness And Connection In 'Klara And The Sun'

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Kazuo Ishiguro about his new novel, Klara and the Sun, a story about a small AI girl robot created to keep teens from becoming lonely.

James McBride's Advice For New Writers: 'A Simple Story Is The Best Story'

McBride's most recent novel, Deacon King Kong, is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. "Time and place is really crucial to good storytelling," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 29, 2020.

'The Committed' Remains Uncommitted — And That's Its Strength

Viet Thanh Nguyen's sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer finds our hero a refugee again, this time in Paris, and disillusioned with communism but not ready to embrace capitalism.(Image credit: Grove Atlantic)

'Home Is Not A Country' Imagines The Lives We Could Have Led

Safia Elhillo's novel follows a first-generation Muslim American girl who, bullied at school, longs for the homeland she's never really known and the alter ego who represents a more confident self.(Image credit: Make Me a World)

'Klara And The Sun' Is A Masterpiece About Life, Love And Mortality

Narrated by a robotic "artificial friend," Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel offers readers a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.(Image credit: Knopf)

There Are So Many Flavors Of Potato Chips; 'Hooked' Looks At Why

Investigative reporter Michael Moss explores how some food companies tweak their products to take advantage of evolved biology, creating room for novelty that triggers the brain to make us want more.(Image credit: Random House)

Looking Again At A Doctor's Old Rhymes, Seuss Works Haven't Kept Up With The Times

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced it will end publication of six titles deemed to contain racist imagery. The books include And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo.

How Bellingcat's Online Sleuths Solve Global Crimes Using Open Source Info

Eliot Higgins is the founder of an online collective that picks apart conspiracy theories and investigates war crimes and hate crimes using clues from the Internet. His new book is We Are Bellingcat.

'Machinehood' Upgrades Asimov's 3 Laws Of Robotics

S.B. Divya's debut novel does what the best science fiction does — establishes a future that's relatable, plausible, and infinitely strange, where implants and wearable tech help humans survive.(Image credit: Gallery/Saga Press)

Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Shelve 6 Books, Citing 'Hurtful' Portrayals

The decision includes books such as And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo. They have been criticized for how they depict Asian and Black people.(Image credit: James L. Amos/Corbis via Getty Images)

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