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Bio Credits Manson's Terrible Rise To Right Place And Time

California parolee Charles Manson arrived in San Francisco in 1967, when the city was full of young waifs looking for a guru. In Manson, Jeff Guinn argues that if the cult leader had instead been paroled in a place like Nebraska, he likely would not have been so successful.
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Latinos 'Not Just A Chapter In U.S. History'

The new PBS series Latino Americans takes a look at the 500 year history of Hispanics in North America, and how it's shaped their identities today. Host Michel Martin speaks with award-winning filmmaker Adriana Bosch about the series.
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What Does 'American' Beauty Look Like?

The new Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has been getting a lot of attention — but not all of it is positive. Host Michel Martin speaks with the ladies of the Beauty Shop about the pageant, and the idea of American beauty.
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Is Nina Davuluri 'American Enough' To Be Miss America?

When Nina Davuluri won the Miss America pageant this past weekend, some people on Twitter said she wasn't "American enough." Host Michel Martin speaks to Davuluri about her title and the reaction to it.
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Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Tulane medical students are trading in their scrubs for chefs whites. They've teamed up with culinary students at Johnson & Wales University as part of an innovative new program designed to teach both groups how good nutrition can help stave off lifestyle diseases.
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'Don't Know'? Just Admit It

Author Leah Hager Cohen says it's time to stop faking your way through conversations. "Once you finally own up to what you don't know, then you can begin to have honest interactions with the people around you," she explains.
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How Slavery Shaped America's Oldest And Most Elite Colleges

In Ebony & Ivy, an MIT historian details how the nation's colleges helped justify and benefited from the slave trade.
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A Brazilian Writer's Love Letter To Rio De Janeiro

Writer Tatiana Salem Levy reads an excerpt from her short story "Blazing Sun." She writes about that moment "when the humidity reaches an unsustainable level, when you know that the hot, heavy, sticky weather is about to come undone in a downpour."
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In 'Dads,' Fox Uses Offensive Humor As A Selling Point

Fox's new sitcom Dads features unflattering images and jokes about Asian-Americans, Latinos and women. Fox is promoting the film by embracing all the criticism that calls it offensive.
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In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'

Last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing. Her new memoir, Simple Dreams, reflects on a long career. In this conversation with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, she offers frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."

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