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Mo Rocca Learns From The Masters: Grandparents

Every Sunday, Mo Rocca's grandmother made homemade ravioli for the family dinner. He says he deeply regrets not learning her recipes before she passed away. In My Grandmother's Ravioli, Rocca asks other people's grandparents to teach him how to cook.
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Poland's Holland, Exploring Holocaust History Again

Poland's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film is director Agnieszka Holland's third film set during the Holocaust. Holland discusses characters with contradictions and why this story compelled her to revisit a subject she had decided not to return to.
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'Tinkering' With A Spy Classic Gets Oscar Nod

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screenwriter Peter Straughn is up for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Straughan about rewriting the classic John le Carre spy novel.
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Two States Enter, One Four-Letter Word Leaves

Every answer consists of two adjoining U.S. states. Each clue is a four-letter word formed by one or more letters starting one of the state names plus one or more letters starting the other state name. For example, given "mist," the answer would be "Mississippi" and "Tennessee," or "Missouri" and "Tennessee."
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Through RecordSetter, Everyone Can Be World Champ

If a feat is "quantifiable and breakable" and there is media proof of it, RecordSetter's co-founder says, the website will recognize it as a world record. The website accepts submissions for just about anything.
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The Future Of Children's Books

The market for children's books is huge: Consumers buy $3.1 billion children's books annually. Now, with e-books and apps taking off, there are new opportunities to turn traditional story books into interactive experiences. Guest host Mary Louise Kelly talks with Dan Poynter, consultant and publisher at Para Publishing, and Roxie Munro, an author and illustrator of more than 30 children's books, about where children's books are headed.
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Murder, Corruption And Cover-Ups In 'Bloodland'

The seemingly accidental death of a troubled starlet is the catalyst for events in a new thriller that takes the reader from Dublin to New York to the Congo. "It's an exploration ... of the power dynamics that go on" between executive boardrooms and warlords, author Alan Glynn says.
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Careful With That Fire, Drinking And Litter: 70 Years Of The Ad Council's Advice

Created during World War II, the Ad Council has launched one iconic public service announcement after another, from Rosie the Riveter to Smokey Bear. The nonprofit organization turns 70 on Saturday; what better way to celebrate than to take a stroll down memory lane?
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Chinese VP's Wife Shows Off Vocal Pipes, Stripes

"Peng Liyuan has been touted now as sort of the Carla Bruni of China," says one music critic. She's regularly featured on Chinese television's blockbuster Spring Festival Gala, and she's also a major general in China's People's Liberation Army.
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6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo

The artist famous for works measured in miles wants to drape long, billowing panels of silvery fabric over sections of a Colorado canyon. Not everyone is excited; some residents say art is no excuse for the damage it could cause.

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