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- On World Cafe, A Look At The Grateful Dead's Legacy
As the Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour comes to a close, World Cafe talks with David Browne, the author of a new book on the legendary band. [Wed, July 1]
- For This Nostalgia Trip, 'We Don't Need Roads'
This oral history of the Back to the Future movies offers a wealth of fascinating historical trivia — but critic Genevieve Valentine says it's carefully broad scope can mean a lack of sharp analysis. [Wed, July 1]
- Misty Copeland Seeks To Inspire Other African-American Dancers
Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. She discusses her book, Firebird. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on Morning Edition). [Wed, July 1]
- How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity
The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels. [Tue, June 30]
- After 25 Years, A Comics Publisher Pauses To Collect And Reflect
A massive new anthology collects the impressive and varied work of the Montreal-based publisher Drawn And Quarterly, whose comics and graphic novels represent a deeply human kind of storytelling. [Tue, June 30]