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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.
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With Bright Benches, London Shows Off Its Love Of Books

The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.
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Remembering The Maryland Roots Of An American Gospel Legend

Rev. Charles Albert Tindley is considered one of the founding fathers of American Gospel Music, and at least one historian in Berlin, Maryland, would like to hear more about his Maryland roots.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 14

You can check out a band from Chicago or see a solo show about a man whose brutal beating lit a city on fire.

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William T. Vollmann Explores The Afterlife In 'Last Stories'

"I've always wanted to write fiction and nonfiction at the same time," Vollmann says. In recent years he's written nonfiction, but his new work is a collection of stories about love, lust and ghosts.
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Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
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Founders Claimed A Subversive Right To 'Nature's God'

The U.S. was not founded as a Christian nation, says historian Matthew Stewart. He tells NPR's Arun Rath about his book Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.
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A Puzzle With Ch-Ch-Changes

Every answer is a word starting with "ch," and your clue will be an anagram of the word.
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'Fightshark' Recounts His Struggles, In Kickboxing And Beyond

Mark Miller chose his nickname because when he smells blood, he attacks. His new memoir, Pain Don't Hurt, tells of the heart surgery and alcohol problems that temporarily derailed his fighting career.

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