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Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

In 1983, a baby girl named Neda is born in prison in Tehran, Iran. The baby’s mother is a political prisoner and only allowed to keep her for a few months before a guard takes her away. Neda is a fictional character in the debut novel “Children of the Jacaranda Tree” by Sahar Delijani. But Neda is based on the real life story of the book’s author, who spent the first forty-five days of her life in prison in Tehran. Like the fictional character Neda, Delijani was raised by her grandparents for a few years until her parents were released. Delijani’s family eventually leaves Iran and moves to northern California.

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Copyright © 2013 by Sahar Delijani from "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree" published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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