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True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful cast of ne'er-do-well's, from the drunken cop who left his post guarding President Lincoln the night he was shot to the killer who inspired Alfred Hitchcock's film "Psycho." He joins us to share their stories.

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Excerpted from "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible Tall Tales of Mischief and Mayhem" by Paul Martin. Prometheus Books, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible Tall Tales of Mischief and Mayhem


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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