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'Fiction Ruined My Family;' Alcohol Also To Blame

The connection between art and alcohol is legendary. In Jeanne Darst's memoir, Fiction Ruined My Family, she writes about what happens when that world collides with family life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Darst, who recalls her unstable home life and parents' alcoholism.
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'My Long Trip Home' A Memoir Of Mixed Heritage

In his memoir, My Long Trip Home, Mark Whitaker explores the lives of his parents. They came from vastly different backgrounds, and their interracial relationship helped shape Whitaker's own life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Whitaker, who is executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, about growing up biracial during a key turning point in this country's history.
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The Real Birdwatchers Behind Hollywood's 'Big Year'

On Weekend Edition Sunday, a story of feathers and film as a real-life birdwatcher tells some of the stories behind the new film The Big Year.
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A Puzzle Riddled With Objects

Identify the objects described in a series of riddles from A New Collection of Riddles by Jesse Cochran.
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James Garfield And The 'Destiny Of The Republic'

It wasn't necessarily the assassin's bullet that killed President James A. Garfield — it was more likely the bungling of his doctors. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts takes a close look at Garfield's remains at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with Candice Millard, author of the new book, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President."
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Three-Minute Fiction: 'Honor' and 'Crane'

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 Rebecca Roberts introduces the stories Crane, by Becca Leighton and Honor, by Linda Nordquist. To see these stories and others go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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'How To Survive The Titanic,' And Sink Your Name

In 1912, J. Bruce Ismay was one of the most hated men in America: He owned the Titanic; gave the ship just 20 lifeboats; and — unlike so many — lived through its maiden voyage. Frances Wilson tracks the scandal of Ismay's survival in How to Survive the Titanic.
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Comedian Patton Oswalt Plays Not My Job

Patton Oswalt, known for his bit about KFC Famous Bowls, answers three questions about equally terrible fast food.
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Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. But is that always a bad thing? Critic Bob Mondello points out that painters, musicians and playwrights get new mileage out of old ideas — and argues that filmmakers often do too.

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