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New Novel Takes 'The Underground Railroad' Beyond The Metaphor

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Colson Whitehead about his new book, The Underground Railroad, in which slaves ride a a real railroad through time to see racism in different eras.
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Wisdom From Young Adult Authors: Tamora Pierce

She's the YA author behind the fantasy series Song of the Lioness and The Immortals. For the Weekend Edition series "Next Chapter," she recalls how college helped her escape small-town poverty.
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What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival

Keret's memoir, The Seven Good Years, spans the time between the birth of his son and the death of his father, who was a Holocaust survivor. Originally broadcast June 16, 2015.
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Across Presidential Campaign History, 'Manliness And The Presidency Is A Real Theme'

Steve Inskeep talks with John Dickerson — of CBS's "Face the Nation" — about his new book of presidential campaign history called "Whistlestop."
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John Dickerson: "Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories From Presidential Campaign History"

"Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson shares his favorite stories from presidential campaign history -- the ones he says journalists rehash long after the fact. From forgotten moments to familiar tales: memorable scenes from campaign history in America.

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Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."
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Luke Dittrich: "Patient H.M.: Memory, Madness And Family Secrets"

A journalist explores his family's past to tell a story of mental illness, medical ethics and the most studied brain in history.

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'The Fire This Time': A New Generation Of Writers On Race In America

Author Jesmyn Ward invited prominent writers from her generation to pen essays for The Fire This Time. It's a nod to James Baldwin's work of a similar name, which warned of today's racial tension.
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A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.
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A Conversation With Author Jonathan Franzen

Fifteen years ago Jonathan Franzen became a literary sensation with his novel, "The Corrections." The novels "Freedom" and "Purity" came next. Jonathan Franzen on his life, career and his persona as a curmudgeon.

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