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Author Interviews
6:41 pm
Sun August 30, 2015

The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Teenagers often feel bound by their parents' rules, and many young people feel isolated at some point, separated from the rest of the world.

But what would life be like for a young woman who was literally isolated β€” and bound by rules designed to save her life?

It's a question that author Nicola Yoon explores in her new novel for young adults, Everything, Everything. For 18 years, her lead character, Madeleine, has been kept inside a sterile house, interacting only with her mother and her nurse.

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8:24 am
Sun August 30, 2015

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

Marie Jalowicz Simon survived the Holocaust by hiding with friends and strangers in Berlin.
From the private collection of Hermann Simon

Originally published on Sun August 30, 2015 3:54 pm

A lot of books come across our desks here at Weekend Edition. One caught our eye recently, because of the unusual way it came to be published. The title sums up the story β€” Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman's Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany.

That remarkable tale came to light thanks to a request by her son, historian Hermann Simon. "I once put a tape recorder and said to her, 'You always wanted to tell me the story of your life. Well, go ahead.' "

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun August 30, 2015

What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

By the time archaeologists uncovered this statue of the Buddha at Mes Aynak, its head was gone β€” likely broken off by looters.
Β© Simon Norfolk/National Geographic

Originally published on Mon August 31, 2015 2:48 pm

About an hour's drive south of Kabul, there's a vast Buddhist archaeological site dating back at least 1,500 years. It happens to be sitting on top of one of the biggest untapped copper deposits in the world, potentially worth billions of dollars.

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Movie Interviews
5:16 am
Sun August 30, 2015

German Filmmaker Wim Wenders Sums Up His Work In One Word

German director Wim Wenders poses with his Honorary Golden Bear Award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
John Macdougall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 30, 2015 11:38 am

It's been a big year for German filmmaker Wim Wenders: He received a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art had a retrospective of his work and his latest Oscar-nominated documentary, The Salt of the Earth, came out in March.

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5:11 pm
Sat August 29, 2015

For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed β€” Not Transcribed

Taking chances can sometimes lead to great art. But award-winning poet Carl Phillips says there's a risk to, well, taking risks.

"I think there has to be a place for risk and for restlessness in any kind of fully lived life, and especially I think for an artist," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I think it's the only way that imagination gets stimulated and continues β€” but I think it can easily go unchecked."

His latest work, Reconnaissance, looks for the balance between restlessness and stability β€” and between the raw and the refined, the omnicient and the intimate.

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