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A Cautionary Tale About Transforming Afghanistan

Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says the U.S. should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
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Dog Memoirs Will Fetch, Sit And Stay On Your Shelf

NPR reporter — and proud corgi owner — Julie Rovner takes a break from covering health care policy to dig through the pile of dog memoirs in the Morning Edition mailbox. From heartwarming to hard-nosed, there's something for everyone.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 3

Appreciating lasers, putt-putt practice, and reliving the best kind of invasion.

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'The Age Of Miracles' Considers Earth's Fragility

In Karen Thompson Walker's first book, climate change makes the Earth's rotation grow more and more sluggish, but this melancholy page-turner is more than just a disaster plot.
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Last-Minute Wedding Planning Easier Than You Think

The new website BrideRush offers last-minute affordable dream weddings for those that don't want to spend months, even years planning the big day. Founder Anita Malik talks with host Michel Martin about how it all works, and why she's seeing many couples forgo the traditional long engagement.
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Wake Up Vegan Meals With Indian Fare

The author of Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes touts the health benefits and tastiness of Indian spices. Americans seeking "more and more flavor ... just cannot get enough of Indian cuisine," says Anupy Singla.
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Pie-Making 101: How I Overcame My Fear Of Crumbling Crust

At the Culinary Institute of America, chef George Higgins teaches his students a foolproof method for making a flaky pie crust. It starts with 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat and 1 part liquid.
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Philly Author's 'Confession': I Lived These Stories

Author Solomon Jones says death can seem angelic at first — especially to the lost, addicted kids in his book The Last Confession. He says many of his stories come from his own experiences as a homeless drug addict on the streets of Philadelphia.
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The Complex 'Tapestry' of Michelle Obama's Ancestry

New York Times' reporter Rachel Swarns traces the first lady's family tree in her new book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama.

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