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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.

In Seoul, Where Everything Moves Fast, There's Also Longing For The Past

In recent weeks, NPR's Ari Shapiro has been reporting from Seoul. He's found South Koreans take great pride in their country's progress over the past 50 years, but it's often tempered by nostalgia.

Better Pack Your Duffle Before A Duel With This Puzzle

Every answer this week is a six-letter word that contains two consecutive F's. Use each anagram of the other four letters to find the full six-letter word.

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McLain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Kazakhstan lost its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, but a number of Kazakhs see this as an opportunity, not a loss.

An Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'

Author Vu Tran's debut novel reflects his own experiences escaping Vietnam as a child. He tells NPR he was drawn to crime fiction as a way to dig into the sometimes-untold stories of immigrants.

Episode 643: The Taxi King

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire in New York City. Now his empire is starting to crumble.

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

One report shows that state courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes like truancy and alcohol use. Another, that alternatives like treatment programs are more effective.

The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.