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Genius Grant Helps Junot Diaz Focus On His Art

Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" and the no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that comes with it. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao talks about the grant, his writing process and how the award may affect his work.
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The film slightly fictionalizes the experience of Arielle Holmes, a young homeless addict whom filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie first encountered in Manhattan's Diamond District.
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This Cajun Chicken Pizza Will Remind You Of Your Salad Days

Chef James Rigato makes delicious seasonal dishes at his restaurant in Michigan. But perhaps what he is best known for is the pizza he created when he was just a teenager.
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Several Cash Withdrawals Triggered Investigation Into Former Speaker Hastert

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sharon Cohen Levin, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at WilmerHale, about the federal law that triggered an investigation into J. Dennis Hastert.
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Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

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