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Wartime Translator Explores Her 'Father's Country'

Saima Wahab left Afghanistan for the United States as a young girl, but she returned to her home country as a Pashto translator for the U.S. military. In her memoir In My Father's Country, Wahab describes the difficulty of straddling two nations at war.
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Jason Segel: Creating Comedy With The Tone Of Life

Weekend Edition's Rachel Martin talks with actor and writer Jason Segel about his new film The Five-Year Engagement. They discuss Segel's take on the romantic comedy genre, his love of puppets, and the evolution of his affable onscreen persona.
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A Puzzle Worthy Of Don Draper

You'll be given classic advertising slogans and catch phrases in which the letters of the last word are scrambled. First, unscramble the word. Then name the product or company that is the advertiser. For example, given "Get a piece of the cork," the answer would be "Get a piece of the rock," which is a slogan of the Prudential Insurance Company.
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'Jumped In': Love, Life And Violence In L.A. Gangs

The violence in Los Angeles was explosive in 2002 when crisis intervention expert Jorja Leap ventured into the city's most gang-saturated territories. The stories of the gang members she met are part of her new book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.
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Pop Culture's 40-Year Itch

Writer Adam Gopnik describes the idea of his latest piece in the New Yorker: that the prime source of nostalgia in popular culture is usually the period 40 years beforehand.
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'Steinbeck In Vietnam': A Great Writer's Last Reports

The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64. John Steinbeck's dispatches shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.
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Blair Underwood On Stanley, Stella And 'Streetcar'

A new multiracial Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire is opening and stars Blair Underwood as Stanley Kowalski. Underwood talks to Weekend Edition's Scott Simon about portraying the role as an African-American, New Orleans, and differentiating his "Stella!" from Brando's.
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A Genetic Portrait : What's in America's DNA?

Surprising facts and challenging insights are being revealed regularly now that geneticists are applying DNA testing to ideas about history and human migration. What one world-famous geneticist is finding out about America's shared past...

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'Racist' Cake Episode Cuts The Wrong Way

When Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden's culture minister, cut into a cake last Sunday, she had no idea the act would spark an international incident.

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