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National Book Awards Go To McBride, Packer, Szybist, Kadohata

James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday for The Good Lord Bird, about a young slave who meets and travels with abolitionist John Brown.
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Moms-To-Be Are Eating Fish, But Choosing Low-Mercury Options

The blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, according to new research from the EPA. That suggests that potential moms and those expecting are making smarter choices at the fish counter, without avoiding seafood altogether.
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For Key And Peele, Biracial Roots Bestow Special Comedic 'Power'

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele each have a white mother and black father, and a lot of the jokes on their Comedy Central show are about race. Peele tells Fresh Air that their backgrounds allow them to do characters others would feel uncomfortable doing.
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Selfies: The World Is More Interesting Because I'm In It

"Selfie" is the new word of the year, chosen by Oxford Dictionaries. Tell Me More and NPR's Social Media Project Manager Kate Myers talk about why people love sharing "selfies."
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Russian App Wants E-Book Piracy To End, Happily Ever After

In an attempt to turn a page on rampant literary piracy in Russia, one Moscow-based company created a subscription e-book service that it hopes will decrease the incentive for free, illegal downloads.
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Monty Python To Reunite For Stage Show

The rumors are true. Terry Jones confirmed to the BBC that Monty Python will reunite for a stage show. It's been more than three decades since the last proper Python project.
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Gov. Scott Walker Recounts First-Term Battles In New Book

The Wisconsin Republican survived a recall effort last year after signing on to legislation that eliminated collective bargaining rights for most of the state's public employees. He writes about the political battle in Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge.
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Postal Service Hopes 'Harry Potter' Stamps Spell Revenue

The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films. But not everyone's a fan; critics say the new products are too commercial — and that a British import doesn't belong on a U.S. stamp.
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Anjelica Huston: The Fresh Air Interview

The actor's new memoir, A Story Lately Told, ends just as her Hollywood career is taking off. It covers her early life growing up in Ireland, the daughter of Maltese Falcon director John Huston. The two first collaborated on 1969's Walk With Love And Death, a project that proved disastrous for their relationship.
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'Great Beauty,' 'Narco Cultura': Excess, Succeeding Wildly

Critic John Powers says Italy's submission for the best foreign language film Oscar and a documentary about the Mexican drug war got him thinking about a William Blake proverb: "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

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