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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Doomed' War On New York Vice

When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
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'Mad Men' Changes Song To Hit Historical Mark

The creators of the cable TV series Mad Men are known for making sure every detail in the show is historically accurate, but they don't always catch everything.
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A Book Gets New Life After Movie's Buzz

Lionel Shriver's The New Republic is an earlier novel that was rejected by publishers. It's getting a warmer reception after a much-buzzed-about movie was made of her book, We Need To Talk About Kevin. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with the author.
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The Voice That Gets You Where You Need To Go

Carolyn Hopkins is the voice behind public service announcements at airports, subways and theme parks. She tells you a train is coming, to step away from the platform, or to please pay attention to your luggage. And she does it all from her home in northern Maine. Guest host Susan Stamberg talks with Hopkins about her work.
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Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' Of Eugene O'Neill

Exorcism -- an early Eugene O'Neill play about suicide, divorce and alcoholism — was thought to be lost for good. But a manuscript recently turned up in an estate sale, and a revival has been staged. But is it ethical to stage a play O'Neill himself wanted to be forgotten?
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What Would Joan Harris Do? Eleanor Clift Remembers 'Mad' Times At Newsweek

Eleanor Clift talks to Susan Stamberg about life at Newsweek during the same time when Mad Men is set.
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Secrets And Lies Overseas In 'The Expats'

Author Chris Pavone's new thriller follows a former CIA assassin who tries to put her past behind her and make a new life with her husband in Luxembourg. Needless to say, things don't go as planned.
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From Page To Screen: Hollywood Targets YA Fiction

With this weekend's release of The Hunger Games, so begins another blockbuster movie based on a series of young-adult literature. Critc Bob Mondello considers the relatively short history of Hollywood's new popular habit of targeting pre-teens at the box office.
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Cooking School Spreads Immigrants' Skills And Ethnic Recipes

Culture Kitchen, a San Francisco company, hires first-generation immigrants as cooking instructors. It tries to find talented cooks who wouldn't normally be teaching because of a language barrier or lack of formal training.

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