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Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

Just before Christmas, Amazon infuriated booksellers with an app that allowed customers to check out prices in brick-and-mortar stores and then get a discount if they bought from Amazon instead. Now publishers and booksellers are looking for new ways to compete with the Goliath of online retailers.
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'Taft 2012': A Presidential Time Warp

In this satirical debut novel by Jason Heller, former president William Howard Taft gets the Rip Van Winkle treatment and finds himself caught up in a 21st-century election cycle.
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Ralph Fiennes On Taking Risks With 'Coriolanus'

Ralph Fiennes is known for being a multi-faceted character actor. On film, he's immersed himself in roles as varied as a Hungarian count to one of the most memorable screen villains, Lord Voldemort. But his latest role, as Shakespeare's Coriolanus, may be one of his most challenging, the actor says.
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'The Bark Side' Tells Of Super Bowl Ads To Come

How do you top last year's mini-Darth Vader Super Bowl ad? Use the Force. And several barking dogs. That's not all it takes for success, though, so one ad agency is breaking from the pack — again.
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Checking In On The Sundance Film Festival

Host Rachel Martin speaks with entertainment reporter Stacey Wilson about this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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'Cultural Revolution Cookbook': A Taste Of Humanity

A new book combines the memories and culinary skills of one Chinese political dissident who lived through the country's Cultural Revolution. Since food was rationed, Sasha Gong learned to cook with whatever she could find. "There's something about humanity," she says. "It's hard to suppress."
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Sitting Comfortably In Between

You'll be given two things in the same category. You name the only other thing in the same category that fits between the given things alphabetically. For example, given "Mars" and "Saturn," the answer would be "Mercury."
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Drugs At The Center Of 'The House I Live In'

A new documentary tracks the history of the U.S. War on Drugs. As the film explains, after 44 million arrests, sales of illegal drugs are still on the rise. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with director Eugene Jarecki, who debuts his film The House I Live In at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend.
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Lesson Learned: Don't Fly To North Pole In A Balloon

In 1897, S.A. Andree took an unlikely approach to exploring the North Pole: As other Arctic adventurers tried to march, sail or sled to the northernmost point on Earth, Andree decided to fly in a hydrogen balloon. Alec Wilkinson tells the story of the ill-fated expedition in his new book, The Ice Balloon.
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Duke Fakir Of The Four Tops Plays Not My Job

Duke Fakir was still a high school student in Detroit when he started performing songs with three friends in the 1950s. That was the beginning of the 40-year career of the Four Tops, one of Motown's biggest acts. We've invited Duke to answer questions about three different kinds of bottoms.

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