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The Surprising Cultural Stamina Of Pokemon

Fifteen years ago, pocket-sized characters known as Pokemon arrived on American shores from Japan. The cute creatures were suddenly everywhere: television, video games, card games and a movie. But few people imagined that in 2013, the franchise would still be going strong.
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Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Survival

In the latest edition of Word of Mouth, NPR's Steve Inskeep gets recommendations from Daily Beast editor Tina Brown on the subject of survival.
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50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis

Publishers have flooded the market with books — both new and reprinted — about JFK this fall. Some hazard conspiracy theories or point out the failings of the Warren Commission. Others avoid the subject of the assassination, focusing on JFK's character and legacy. And one includes all 486 frames of the famous Zapruder film, published in their entirety for the first time.
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Nov. 18-24: Famine, Family And A Song Of Lament And Hope

In softcover nonfiction, Yang Jisheng digs into the man-made roots of a famine, Alan Light explores a "Hallelujah" that's been worshipped by listeners, and Eve LaPlante uncovers the mother-daughter bond that helped inspire Little Women.
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'Promised Land' Wrestles With Israel's Brutal Contradictions

Journalist Ari Shavit says Israel must find a way to reconcile its democratic values with the reality of everyday life there. His new book draws from interviews with hundreds of Israelis — both Jews and Arabs — as well as his military experience and Zionist family history.
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Sandwich Monday: IHOP At Home

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the "IHOP At Home" line of frozen foods. All the charms of IHOP without having to put on pants.
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Fresh Air Remembers 'Golden Notebook' Author Doris Lessing

Lessing's 1962 book was regarded as among the most important feminist novels of its time. She died Sunday. Fresh Air's Terry Gross interviewed Lessing in 1988 and 1992.
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Actor Hill Harper On His Life-Changing 'Letters' From An Inmate

You've seen him on television in hit shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but Hill Harper's most important role may be off-screen. He sat down with NPR's Michel Martin to discuss his longtime friendship with an inmate, documented in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
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'Totally Biased' TV Show Cancelled, A Total Loss?

Comedian W. Kamau Bell's cable talk show Totally Biased earned a lot of buzz, but was recently cancelled. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans tells host Michel Martin why, and sheds some light on the television industry.
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Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Dust off that old Mr. Coffee! We've stumbled upon a wacky use for classic coffee makers: Cook a three-course meal for one. From poached salmon and pumpkin soup to steamed broccoli and couscous, the possibilities are endless. But why in the world would anyone want to cook this way?

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