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Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

What happens when you take a group of junior high kids from a school with a poverty level of more than 65 percent and teach them how to play chess? Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary, Brooklyn Castle, explores the amazing results.
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Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Insert $2 into the Biblio-Mat, and customers get a mystery, a biography, historical fiction — or a dud. The owner of a bookstore in Toronto came up with the machine as a way to clear his shelves of more ill-favored reads.
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Put A Little Soul In That Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving has its must-haves: potatoes, cranberries, turkey. But cooking the feast with a soul-food style gives the meal a whole new flavor. Three chefs give their take on the tradition and serve up some recipes, too.
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Relationships, Short And Sweet, In 'Married Love'

Host Rachel Martin speaks with British writer Tessa Hadley about her new collection of short stories, Married Love and Other Stories. Hadley teaches creative writing at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, and her stories regularly appear in The New Yorker magazine.
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Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts

The 79-year-old country singer has done a lot of living, and he's written about it more than once. His latest memoir takes a different tack, collecting his thoughts from long stretches on his tour bus.
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A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate

Americans own an estimated 300 million guns, and the debate surrounding that ownership has long been a charged one. In Living With Guns, Craig Whitney explores areas where opposing sides might find common ground, and even compromise.
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The Veggieducken: A Meatless Dish With Gravitas

Dan Pashman shares his recipe for a Thanksgiving centerpiece that will delight (and/or horrify) vegetarians and omnivores alike. Inspired by the turducken (chicken inside duck inside turkey), the Veggieducken is yams inside leeks inside a banana squash — with stuffing between each layer.
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Being Initially Famous

Each clue is a two- or three-word description of a famous person in which the initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person. For example, given the clue "Motown great," the answer would be Marvin Gaye.
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Ang Lee On 'Life Of Pi' And Being A Slave To Film

With films including period pieces like Sense and Sensibility, big-budget action films like Hulk and epic romances like Brokeback Mountain, Lee can't be pigeonholed. So he was up for the challenge when presented with a story that takes place almost entirely on a boat — with a real tiger.
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'The Lawgiver': Telling Moses' Story, Differently

At the age of 97, bestselling author Herman Wouk has written a novel that's told by the most contemporary storytelling technology, including emails and transcripts of Skype conversations. Host Scott Simon talks with Wouk about The Lawgiver.

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