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Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

Journalist Alfredo Corchado covers Mexico for the Dallas Morning News. His new book, Midnight In Mexico, is part memoir and part recent history of the upheaval in the country. He talks to Fresh Air about the power of the cartels, the rampant corruption and the hopes for the future of Mexico.
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'Loteria': A Fortune Told By Mexican Bingo

Loteria is the story of 11-year-old Luz Castillo, in state custody after her father is arrested and her mother disappears. Luz tells her tale piece by piece, using cards from loteria, a Latin American game of chance. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with author Mario Alberto Zambrano about his first novel.
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Orville Schell and John Delury: "Wealth And Power: China's Long March To The Twenty-First Century"

China scholar Orville Schell explains the history of Chinese nationalism and how it paved the way for the world's most populist country to become the global economic powerhouse it is today.

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Celebrating The U.S., In Verse

Audie Cornish talks to poet Tess Taylor about patriotic poetry.
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From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

The famed author and illustrator broke the rules of American children's literature in the '50s and '60s, but many Americans have never heard of him. A new documentary, Far Out Isn't Far Enough, looks at his life and work.
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Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" By Chad Harbach (Rebroadcast)

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection and baseball. From our May Readers’ Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill" (Rebroadcast)

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

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Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder

Lawyer turned author Robert Rotenberg takes great pains to re-create the relatively calm atmosphere of Canadian courtrooms in his suspense novels. But not all of his characters play by the rules. "Well, they are murder mysteries," he says.
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Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.

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How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

For decades, no one could crack the code to a mysterious ancient script called Linear B. In her new book, Margalit Fox tells the story of the forgotten woman who almost figured it out.

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