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'The Witness Wore Red': A Polygamist's Wife Finds A New Life

Rebecca Musser was raised in an extremist, polygamist church. She tells the harrowing story of her childhood, her first marriage, and her escape in her autobiography.
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At Fashion Week, Color Pops And Models Call For Diversity

Famed fashion icons Bethann Hardison, Iman and Naomi Campbell have joined a coalition that presses for more diverse representation on the runway. The group has sent a letter to the governing bodies of the fashion world calling out specific designers for their lack of diversity.
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Cows Have Accents ... And 1,226 Other 'Quite Interesting Facts'

The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela. Humans and elephants are the only animals with chins. These, and a trove of other factoids have been compiled in 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off — a book by the creators of the hit British television show QI.
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Art Spiegelman Reflects On 60 Years Of Pen And Ink

Art Spiegelman's new book, Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, collects comics from a six-decade career, from his early, self-published works to his famous New Yorker covers. Spiegelman tells NPR's Scott Simon he knew in third grade that he wanted to be a cartoonist.
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In Los Angeles, Showcasing A City That Might Have Been

A exhibit at L.A's Architecture and Design Museum focuses on eye-popping buildings and structures that were imagined for the City of Angels — but never actually built.
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McMillan 'Asks' Readers To Empathize With A Family's Problems

Terry McMillan, the best-selling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, tells NPR's Scott Simon that she writes because she wishes she were a magician. She shows off her tricks in Who Asked You?, a novel with many narrators — including a woman named BJ and her husband, children and grandkids.
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Not My Job: Writer Mark Leibovich Gets Quizzed On Louis XIV

New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich may be an expert on Washington culture, but what does he know about Versailles? We'll ask him three questions about what it was like in the court of the Sun King.
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'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story

Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman wasn't impressed by the title of Someone, but she says Alice McDermott's novel is nowhere near as generic as its name. Nothing extraordinary happens to the Irish-American protagonist, but with spare poetry and deep compassion, McDermott makes familiar territory seem new.
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Tweeting For Atonement: Sharing Sins On Social Media

People of the Jewish faith are seeking atonement during Yom Kippur, but one congregation is giving the holiday a new twist. Members are using social media to tweet for forgiveness. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cantor Debbi Ballard to find out how the process works.
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Recipe For A Great Burger? Fifteen Bucks An Hour

It's been 75 years since the U.S. instituted a federal minimum wage, but the debate is as hot as ever. Host Michel Martin speaks with Brian Parker, owner of a Detroit-area fast food restaurant, who's decided to pay his employees double the minimum wage. Also joining them is NPR's business editor Marilyn Geewax.

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