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'Lazhar': In A Crisis, An Outsider Finds His Place

Philippe Falardeau weaves issues of social taboos and authority in his Oscar-nominated film Monsieur Lazhar. Falardeau's films blend comedy and tragedy in a way that can ruffle audiences, and Lazhar is no exception.
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A Challenge That Is Initially Famous

You'll be given a two- or three-word description of a famous person. The initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person.
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The Amazing, Untrue Story Of A Sept. 11 Survivor

Tania Head was one of the most visible survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks. She'd been in the south tower of the World Trade Center, lost her fiance in the north tower, and devoted her life to getting recognition for survivors. Just one problem: Her entire story was fake.
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Three-Minute Fiction: Judge's Current Favorites

Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks-in with Three-Minute Fiction judge Luis Alberto Urrea to hear how the reading process is going and to hear some of his favorite stories thus far.
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'The Lifeboat': Who Gets Saved In Titanic Times?

The Lifeboat is the story of a ship sinking two years after the sinking of the Titanic. It's a first novel by a writer who waited years to publish, Charlotte Rogan. As the anniversary of the Titanic disaster looms, NPR's Lynn Neary examines the book and the whole Titanic oeuvre.
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Revealing The Revolting Beauty Of Food Waste

One third of food is wasted worldwide, according to the U.N. Photographer Klaus Pichler gives rotten food the glamour treatment to make that point. But will it make us be more careful about how we buy and use food?
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History Lost And Found: A Letter From Titanic

John Edward Simpson was a ship's doctor aboard the Titanic. He wrote a letter to his mother back home in Belfast, a few bits of news and fond wishes. The letter, sent from the great ship's last port of call, made it home. Simpson did not.
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'Heretics': The Crisis Of American Christianity

Americans are still as religious as ever, says New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. It's the churches and institutions that have declined. In his latest book, Bad Religion, Douthat argues that the U.S. become a nation of heretics.
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Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job

Bouton's classic baseball memoir Ball Four, first published in 1970, is just out as an e-book. Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, but compared to other sports, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him about people who really know how to cheat.

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