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Where To Sit To Keep A Big Dinner Interesting

Host Rachel Martin talks to Alex Cornell, who has come up with a scheme for finding the optimal seat at a table with multiple guests. In other words, how to position yourself for the best chance of interesting conversation.
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Finding The Answers Within

You'll be given clues for some five-letter words. In each case, the letters of the answer can be found consecutively somewhere inside the clue. For example, given "Some teenagers' language," the answer would be "slang" (hidden inside "teenagerS' LANGuage").
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'The Bible' Is A Smash, On TV

The Bible is a hit television series currently showing on The History Channel. Some industry insiders are surprised by its popularity. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Time Magazine's culture critic James Poniewozik about what Hollywood doesn't get about the popularity of religion on TV.
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Integrated Baseball, A Decade Before Jackie Robinson

Ten years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the major leagues, a little-known baseball team went to bat with players both black and white. Journalist Tom Dunkel writes about the team from Bismarck, North Dakota, in his new book Color Blind.
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Professional Pickpocket Apollo Robbins Plays Not My Job

Sure he knows a lot about picking pockets, but what does he know about Hot Pockets? We'll ask Robbins three questions about microwavable turnovers.
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From One Author To Another, Letters Of Praise

Host Scott Simon reads some of the best fan mail to authors, written by authors.
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'The Croods': 3-D Cartoon Cavemen For The Whole Family

What's a road trip comedy without roads, cars or cities? The Croods is a good guess. An all-star cast and arresting 3-D graphics show this fun family film with Neanderthal roots is ultimately meant to launch a new franchise —which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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With Humor And Sorrow, 'Life After Life' Explores Death

Melissa Block talks with novelist Jill McCorkle about her latest book, Life After Life, which explores the area between life and death through a number of characters attached to a nursing home in a small town.
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Chinua Achebe And The Bravery Of Lions

The world-famous Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has died. Annalisa Quinn reflects on the legacy of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart.

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