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The 'Top Secret America' Created After Sept. 11

Washington Post national security reporter Dana Priest's book Top Secret America looks at the top-secret intelligence and counterterrorism network created after September 11. "No one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, [or] how many programs exist within it," she says.
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Could 'Submission' Be America's Sept. 11 Novel?

Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Amy Waldman's debut novel might be the Sept. 11 novel — the one that finally does justice, artistically and historically, to the aftershocks of that day.
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'Housewives' Death Not Unprecedented

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" returns for a second season tonight on Bravo. This was in doubt because one of the people on the show — the estranged husband of one of the housewives — recently committed suicide. Bravo has re-edited the first few episodes to take him out. But this isn't going to prompt the reality TV industry to take a hard look at its practices.
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In A High, Snowy World, A Quest For Self-Discovery

Author Marc Kaufman recommends this tale of an explorer on the hunt for a rare animal — and something more. The Snow Leopard shows that while we can't always find what we're looking for, we still get what we need.
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Work, In Six Words

"I'm in it for the money." "It's a holiday. I'm still here." Summing up your work can be difficult — especially in six words. Smith Magazine has published a string of successful books in recent years with six-word memoirs. Contributors offer their life stories, brushes with fame, tales of love or pregnancy — and now their work story — in exactly six words. Magazine co-founder Larry Smith joins us as listeners share their six-word memoirs of work — from lessons learned to terrible bosses.
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A 'Stuntman!' Discusses His Death-Defying Feats

Hal Needham worked as a Hollywood stuntman for over 40 years. He details some of his most death-defying feats (and why he can't stand modern special effects) in his memoir, Stuntman!
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Bob Mondello's Fall Movie Preview: Thrills, Silence, And Harold And Kumar

Bob Mondello's fall movie preview anticipates the quiet of a jazz-age silent movie, the very George-Clooney-ness of a new political thriller, and an unrepentant Neil Patrick Harris in 3D.
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San Francisco's Twisted Romance With 'Vertigo'

As part of our series, "On Location," we look at how Alfred Hitchcock turned a French novel into the signature film of the city by the bay, by matching the twists, turns and steep drops of the film's plot to the topography of the streets and bridges that make up its backdrop.
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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 7

We have our judge, we have our writing prompt and now we have our date. Round 7 of our exclusive Three-Minute-Fiction contest starts Saturday, September 10.

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