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Wendell Pierce On 'Making Groceries' In The Big Easy

New Orleans might be famous for its culinary legacy, but the Big Easy also has neighborhoods without access to fresh, healthy food. Now actor Wendell Pierce is bringing grocery stores to some neglected parts of his home town. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pierce about his new grocery chain, Sterling Farms.
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Book News: Mich. School System Won't Ban Anne Frank's 'Pornographic' Diary

Also: Behind the Beautiful Forevers will be adapted for the stage; Lionel Shriver attacks the media focus on weight; the best books coming out this week.
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Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Curse words change over time — back in the ninth century you could say the "s" word and no one would be offended. But we always need a set of words that are off-limits, and in her new book, author Melissa Mohr explains how the words that shock us reveal a lot about society's values.
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After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

In a new book, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe explores how to fix the gridlock in Congress. Earlier this year, the Republican from Maine left the Senate out of frustration with the partisan stalemate. "It has to change, for the country," she says. "People deserve ... better representation."
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Seth Meyers Named Host Of NBC's 'Late Night'

He takes over from Jimmy Fallon, who's tapped to replace Jay Leno on the Tonight show. Meyers, the longtime SNL cast member who anchors the show's "Weekend Update" segment, will take the 12:35 a.m. segment from Fallon.
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After Long Wait, Novelist James Salter Shares 'All That Is'

Salter's first book, in 1957, won the admiration of writers and critics alike. But he hadn't written a novel since 1979, until now. All That Is sets out to give a sweeping portrait of human experience, with a main character who appears suspiciously similar to Salter himself.
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The Movie Mark McKinney Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-comedian Mark McKinney could watch Hayao Miyazaki's anime film My Neighbor Totoro a million times. "It still makes me laugh, it still makes me smile," he says.

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