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‘Interlaced Fingers’ Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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Not My Job: Eddie Izzard Gets Quizzed On King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

We'll ask the comedian three questions about the Australian psychedelic rock band. Izzard has a new book called Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens.

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‘Too Fat, Too Slutty’ Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In ‘The Exception’

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‘The Force’ Is Basically ‘Game Of Thrones’ With Cops — And That’s Pretty Great

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After ‘Julius Caesar’ Controversy

The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy ‘The Beguiled’

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

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‘Big Sick’ Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness and boy's Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.

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With The Swoony Pleasures Of ‘The Beguiled,’ Sofia Coppola Shows Us Something New

In her previous work, director Sofia Coppola looked out from inside the bubble that wealth and privilege create. Her latest film grapples with a different — but related — form of isolation.

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