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"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee"

Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has sold more than 40 million copies in 18 languages. Lee is also one of the publishing world's greatest mysteries: after initial publicity tours and buzz about a second book, she withdrew from public life and hasn't published another novel. Journalist Marja Mills, who gained unprecedented access to Lee and her family, joins us to shed some light on the life of one of America's literary icons as questions about whether or not Lee was a willing participant in the project swirl.

Atticus's Closing Statement - To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's famous book was made into a film in 1962. In this scene, actor Gregory Peck portrays lawyer Atticus Finch's closing argument in court.

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Prologue reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Marja Mills, 2014.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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