Author Profiles The ‘Traumatized People’ Living In The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

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Founded in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis, the Dadaab complex in Kenya now houses nearly half a million refugees. Ben Rawlence profiles nine of its residents in his new book, City of Thorns.

What Mattered In Media In 2015

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NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at some of the moments, from Trump to Brian Williams, that made a difference in media in the past year.

400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes Out On Tour

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The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.

‘Downtown Abbey’ Begins Its Sixth And Final Season

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And it’s about time the mansion closed its doors for the last time, says reviewer Eric Deggans.

In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins to See: A 2016 Poetry Preview

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2016 brings with it an exciting crop of poetry books. Here are our picks for the best verse of the new year.

An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares To Hitch A Ride To The Moon

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When a company named Astrobotic launches a lunar rover in 2017, the MoonArk will be aboard. It’s a lightweight, sturdy “portrait of humanity,” carrying the work of more than 200 artists and designers.

George R.R. Martin Admits ‘Winter’ Isn’t Coming — At Least, Not For A While

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The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.

Absorbing Mystery Novel Offers A Glimpse Into Mormon Utah

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The second mystery by Mette Ivie Harrison boasts details about contemporary Mormon life that most of us aren’t privy to. NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates says His Right Hand is is her “one that got away.”

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

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David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan’s best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year’s best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of ’15.

Charlie Hebdo, The Licensed Anarchist Clowns Of French Society

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NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Adam Gopnik, who wrote the foreword to Open Letter, a manifesto by Stephane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was killed when gunmen attacked the paper’s offices.

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