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Readings From Three-Minute Fiction: Round 7

We received 3,400 original stories in this round of Three-Minute Fiction. Until the winner is announced next month, we'll be reading a few of the stories that catch our eyes. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Robert Smith introduces the stories "The Weatherby" by Nicholas Googins of Waltham, Massachusetts, and "Turnover" by Margaret Friedman of Seattle, Washington.
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It's A Bloody Business, Being A Demon

It's haunted house season. Just who are these people who are willing to spend a whole month covered in fake blood, chasing kids in the dark?
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Modern Horror Defined By Edgy Realism Of The 1970s

By the late 1960s, classic horror movies pioneered by Vincent Price and Boris Karloff had run out of steam. What took their place was something different, edgier and altogether more terrifying.
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'Turquoise Palace' A True Political Murder Mystery

On Sept. 17, 1992, a group of Iranian and Kurdish opposition leaders were assassinated in a Greek restaurant in Berlin. Despite pressures to keep the investigation at the lowest possible level, a German prosecutor unraveled a tangle of threads that led to Iran's Supreme Leader himself. Host Scott Simon speaks with Roya Hakakian, author of the new book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.
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Steve Jobs, Whose Imagination Invited Us To Play

You might see the insight that drove Steve Jobs' life when you watch a child with one of the products he designed, from a Mac laptop to an iPhone. It's playtime. Children — and adults — look, touch, try stuff and smile. Steve Jobs understood that creativity and play spring from the same source.
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Sports From 'The Onion': A New Book Explores 'The Ecstasy Of Defeat'

The Onion is best-known for its straightforward news coverage, but it also has a thriving sports division that has a new book out.
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Bob Cassilly Remembered: Part Sculptor, Part Kid

A driving force behind City Museum in St. Louis, the sculptor created spaces that invite adults and children to interact with his creations. He died in late September, working on a massive project he called Cementland.
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The 'Blue Horse' That Inspired A Children's Book

Even if you don't know the name Eric Carle, his work has probably made you smile. The new book from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about an artist who, like the author, enjoys stepping out of the box.

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