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'Be Mine': Love And Identity Tangled In Tehran

In her debut novel, Iranian-American Sara Farizan tells the story of two teenage girls, secretly in love. Sahar faces a crisis when she discovers Nasrin is engaged, and considers gender-reassignment surgery as a way for them to stay together. Farizan speaks with NPR's Jacki Lyden about the book and her own struggle with her sexual orientation.
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Toronto International Film Festival, Days One And Two

The first 10 films you see at the Toronto International Film Festival are the 10 that set the tone for the week you're going to have. So let's talk about how it's going so far.
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Suspicious? In 'United States Of Paranoia,' It's Not Just You

Author Jesse Walker argues that believing in shadowy cabals and ominous secrets isn't just for people on the margins — it's as American as apple pie. He says that our nation's paranoia stretches back to the colonial era, and that some conspiracy theories are believed by a majority of Americans.
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Billy Crystal's 'Foolin',' Full Of Fun — And Feeling

The comic and actor talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his insomnia, his friendship with baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and the love of his life. They're all topics in his memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys?
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Not My Job: We Ask Australian Baz Luhrmann About Austria

Chechnya; Czech Republic. Australia; Austria. Who can keep track? We ask the famed film director three questions about a country he isn't from.
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After Dave Chappelle Hates On Hartford, Who's To Blame?

Comedian Dave Chappelle caused some controversy at a comedy festival in Hartford, Conn. last week, after he got upset at hecklers and walked off stage. Depending on who you ask, Hartford was a horrible, racist audience — or just had a bad night.
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'Mr. Burns' And Friends, Surviving Long Past The End Times

A smash hit in Washington, D.C., Anne Washburn's dark comedy looks forward nearly a century — past an apocalypse — to ask how we might remember, rebuild and renew our shared heritage.
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Gearing Up For Football Season

The Barbershop guys are talking football. Plus, they chat about the dust-up between New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and a bakery customer. Did Weiner win back some street cred or act like a jerk - again?
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How Can Young People Make An Impact?

At 18, Natalie Warne's work with the Invisible Children movement made her a hero for young activists. She calls on young people not to let age stop them from changing the world.
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Book News: Sushmita Banerjee, Indian Author Who Fled Taliban, Shot Dead

Also: Rush Limbaugh is coming out with a childrens' book; T.C. Boyle on writing; Batwoman authors plan to quit the series.

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