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'Lawrence' Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero

T.E. Lawrence, the British officer who played a key role in the Middle East during World War I, served as one of that war's few romantic champions. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia explains how Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes.
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Sandwich Monday: PB&J Fries

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a dish that combines the magic of poutine with the magic of a brown bag lunch you ate a lot in second grade.
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Faith Ringgold: No 'Knock Down, Drag Out Black Woman Story'

The legendary artist began her career in 1963, the same year as the March on Washington. She talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her life, work, and why no one originally wanted to hear her story.
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Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

Also: NPR's Petra Mayer reports from a Debbie Macomber conference; the best books coming out this week.
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For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

Most Americans say public libraries are important to the community — but eight states don't actually support them. Texas has cut budgets drastically; in Vermont, local librarians must go hand in hand to town meetings every year. Neda Ulaby reports on the landscape of library funding across the U.S.
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In Kabul, A Juggling Act That Offers Joy For Afghan Kids

It's an expected sight in the Afghan capital: a hundred boys and girls — on foot, stilts and unicycles — juggling tennis balls and batons. The parade was part of the national juggling championship. Organizers hope juggling builds self-confidence in children who've known only war in their lifetimes.
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A Dystopian View Of America's 'Fallen' Suburbs

Patrick Flanery's taut new novel, Fallen Land, delves into the housing crisis, creeping corporate surveillance and a "crisis of neighborliness" in American life. The backdrop: a half-built and crumbling subdivision outside of an unnamed American city.
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Fans Are Like Friends To 'Reigning Queen' Of Women's Fiction

Debbie Macomber's books don't get a lot of critical attention, but they've sold in the hundreds of millions. Her fans feel like they know and love the woman behind the words, so her publisher threw a party for them.
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Smithsonian To Receive Irving Penn Collection

A collection of work by a famous 20th-century photographer is coming to D.C.

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A Matter Of Succession

You're given two words starting with the letter S. For each pair, select a third word — also starting with S — that can follow the first one and precede the second one, in each case to complete a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase.

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