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Al Roker On Being ' The Jolly Fat Person'

Al Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. That was until he had bariatric surgery, and lost more than 100 pounds. Roker talks with host Michel Martin about his experience, and his latest book, Never Goin' Back.
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Watch This: Neil Gaiman's Imaginative Favorites

From The Muppet Show to The Twilight Zone and a creepy animated version of Alice in Wonderland, author Neil Gaiman shares his film and television favorites for the occasional Morning Edition series Watch This. Gaiman calls the Muppets "one of the comedic glories of the human race."
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'Manifest Injustice': A 40-Year Fight For Freedom

Bill Macumber, a respected member of his Arizona community, was convicted of a grisly 1962 double murder. Late last year, however, he was released from prison. A new book tells the story of a flawed investigation and legal process that cost Macumber 38 years of freedom.
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Ship Those (Virtual) Chips: The Rise And Fall Of Online Poker's Youngest Crew

In the early 2000s, the get-rich-quick scheme of choice for young college dropouts was online poker. In his new book Ship It Holla Ballas, Jonathan Grotenstein follows two young players as they rake in the dough.
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"Game Over": When Our Sports Get Political

Sports writer Dave Zirin joins us to explore how games became arenas for epic clashes over everything from the role of religion in the public square to the push for democracy in the Arab Spring.

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'Going Clear': A New Book Delves Into Scientology

Lawrence Wright's Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief looks at the world of the controversial church and the life of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986.

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