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'Blind Cook' Serves Up Tough Competition On 'MasterChef'

How do you bake that perfect, mouthwatering pie when you can't even see how the crust and glaze are coming along? Vietnamese-American grad student Christine Ha has found a way. She is the first legally blind contestant on the reality TV show MasterChef. She's even impressing Gordon Ramsay, the notoriously brutal chef and judge. Christine Ha tells host Michel Martin how she does it all.

Addict To Activist: How Elton John Found His 'Cure'

The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy.

African Politics, And Afros, In 'My First Coup D'Etat'

Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama has written a new memoir of growing up during what he calls Africa's "lost decades," the dfficult years after independence. It's not all politics, though: Mahama also writes about enjoying James Brown and traditional village dances.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 17

3D wood objects, Big Love, and fiddles.

Stephen Covey, Author Of '7 Habits,' Dead At 79

Covey advocated for a moral transformation in business. To do good, he said, you have to be good.

A Writer's 'Cold, Calculated Acts Of Kindness'

After he was laid off in 2008, writer T.M. Shine adopted a unique approach to finding a job. He says his new goal is being nice to people, and he put that right at the top of his resume. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shine about his journey from unemployment back to work, which he wrote about for this week's Washington Post Magazine.

Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind 'The Newsroom'

HBO's new behind-the-anchor-desk drama follows in the footsteps of Sorkin's hit series The West Wing. "I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes or disguises," he says.

Big Crime, Little State: Murder, Mystery In R.I.

For author Bruce DeSilva, Providence, R.I.'s storied history of mob violence and small-town sense of intimacy make it the perfect place to set his crime fiction. The only trouble, he says, is toning down the truth just enough to make it believable.

'Dark Knight Rises,' But Saga Ends For Director Nolan

The last installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, is perhaps the most anticipated film of the year. Nolan says that the film is intended to put people on edge.