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Defending Israel At The Border Of Adulthood

Shani Boianjiu was just 18 when she, like most Israelis, served a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces. She's drawn from her experiences as a teenage soldier in her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.
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The Landscape Art Legacy Of Florida's Highwaymen

The Highwaymen were a group of African-American artists in the '60s and '70s who sold idyllic paintings by the roadside of Florida's Route 1. Back then, they nearly saturated the market with their pictures, but today their work is sought after by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Michelle Obama.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Still Open

A reminder from weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden that Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction is still open for submissions. Our judge, Brad Meltzer, is looking for an original short story that revolves around a U.S. president — fictional or real — in under 600 words. Listeners can submit their story online at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 23, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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The Movie Michael Peña Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Michael Peña could watch Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose a million times. "You know, you get into the world of what it means to be a comic," he says.
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CDC Director Thomas Frieden Plays 'Not My Job'

We've invited the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to play a game called "Try to stop these viruses!" Three questions about viral marketing campaigns gone awry.
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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Turns 50 (In Human Years)

A big dog celebrates a big birthday this year: Norman Bridwell's beloved Clifford was born in 1962. Bridwell says he was "shocked" when it was accepted for publication. "I'd never written anything before," he says.
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The Haunted Life Of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini

Boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won the championship his fighter father never could — but his life was marred by tragedy when he defended his title against a South Korean boxer who died after the match. A new biography of Mancini describes how his life changed after that fateful fight.
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An Unsung Photographer's Ode To Other Unsung Artists

Here's a photographer you probably don't know, but who's worth a closer look.
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Bullets And Buddies On The Streets Of South Central

Action thrillers about the LAPD have become a staple in Hollywood, but NPR's Bob Mondello says End of Watch approaches the genre with an emotional authenticity that's often missing in lesser films.

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