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'Calico Joe': A Would-Be Legend Rediscovered

Joe Castle, from Calico Rock, Ark., came up to the Chicago Cubs in the summer of 1973, played in 38 games, and hit an astonishing .488, including 21 home runs. He played only those games before being struck by a pitch. Scott Simon speaks with author John Grisham about his new baseball-themed novel, Calico Joe.
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The 'Heart Of Spiritual Life': Joy, Not Happiness

On Sunday Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Host Scott Simon talks with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, contributing editor to America Magazine and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life.
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Comedian Rachel Dratch Plays Not My Job

Rachel Dratch was one of the stars of Saturday Night Live from 1999 to 2006. She was hilarious, and then she left the show. What happened then? Well, she got so tired of answering that question she wrote a whole book about it, called Girl Walks Into a Bar.
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Before Same-Sex Marriage, Calls For Same-Sex Divorce In Maryland

The bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland doesn't take effect until 2013, and likely faces a ballot challenge before that, but already some are calling for the state to legalize same-sex divorce.

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To Be Or Not To Be (The Pope) Is The Question

The Vatican is thrown into crisis when the just-elected pontiff doubts he can do the job. NPR's Bob Mondello says We Have A Pope director Nanni Moretti leavens the institutional and emotional stress with humor, and star Michel Piccoli delivers a sweetly sympathetic performance. (Recommended)
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Barbie And Her Toy Box Pals Go Bald For A Cause

After beating non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a Philadelphia woman used a Facebook campaign to persuade Mattel to make a bald Barbie. The toymaker will only distribute the dolls to sick children, but another company has agreed to roll out bald versions of Bratz dolls nationwide.
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100 Years Later, Titanic Lives On In Letters

It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
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Lust, Lies And Empire: The Fishy Tale Behind Eating Fish On Friday

A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
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Texan Poet Says, Spend Some Time Among The Clouds

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from storyteller and poet Anne McCrady of Henderson, Texas. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

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