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Russian Activist Masha Gessen And The Art Of Dissent

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen lived and worked in Russia for 20 years before increasingly severe anti-gay legislation led her, her partner and three children to leave for the U.S. last December. Her newest book, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot,” details the story of the famed feminist punk rock activist group, tracing the roots of their revolt in Russia’s post-Soviet culture and documenting the members’ journey into Russia’s penal colonies after being convicted of hooliganism. She joins Kojo to discuss the art of dissent.

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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 McClain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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