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From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.
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In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

A documentary follows three generations of a family as they harvest the essential seasoning in the blazing desert heat of Gujarat, India. But rather than decry their hard labor, the film honors it.
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Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

In Joshua Ferris' third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist wrestling with his atheism. Ferris says his character, like all dentists, is "chronically misunderstood."
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Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

After years in prison, Adrian Thomas was found not guilty for the murder of his infant son. His story was told in Scenes of a Crime. In this encore broadcast, the film's co-director explains the case.
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O.J. And Oscar Trials: A 'Combination Of Celebrity, Wealth And Murder'

O.J. Simpson's Ford Bronco was chased by police 20 years ago, marking the start of what was dubbed the "trial of the century." But how does its coverage compare with the Oscar Pistorius trial?
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Man Emerges From Picasso's Painting 'The Blue Room'

The painting's surface depicts a scene in Pablo Picasso's studio in Paris, with a woman bathing between a window and a table. But the canvas holds a different scene underneath.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 17

Tonight you can let loose at a punk rock concert or attend a tribute to Maya Angelou.

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Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey

The Mouse and the Motorcycle and The Motorcycle Diaries? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Go, Dog, Go!? Members of the NPR Books team explain how they assembled their unconventional summer lists.
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The Human Heart And Its Rhythmic Magnificence

Rhythm comes in different forms from music and poetry to those inside our bodies. There's art based on the most primal rhythm of all: the beating of the human heart.
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In Yabbies And Cappuccino, A Culinary Lifeline For Aboriginal Youth

Australia has a long, dark history of racial discrimination against the Aborigines. A cooking and hospitality program tries to help youth discover their culture and build confidence and competence.

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