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Shonda Rhimes On Running 3 Hit Shows And The Limits Of Network TV

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder says she has fought to get important images — like same-sex couple love scenes — on air.
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D-Day's Black Soldiers

On Veterans Day, we chat with the author of a new book about the largely-forgotten 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African American soldiers who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

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A True Story Of Veterans Who Came Home And Found New Ways To Serve

In his new book "Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home", Joe Klein tells the story of two decorated combat veterans who returned from the battlefield and put their military skills to use in new ways. Now thousands have followed in their wake.

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Kid Whisperer Mo Willems: From Screen To Page To Stage

If you've read a book with a child in the last decade or so, odds are high you've got at least a passing familiarity with the work of Mo Willems.

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John Grisham: "Rogue Lawyer"

Author John Grisham's new novel is about a street lawyer who carries a gun, lives out of a bullet-proof van and takes cases no one else will touch. The latest legal thriller from bestselling author John Grisham.

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For A Year, Shonda Rhimes Said 'Yes' To All The Things That Scared Her

The creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal says despite the success of her shows, her life "had gotten really small," so she decided to step out of her comfort zone. Year of Yes is her new memoir.
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'Arab Of The Future' Chronicles The Challenges Of A Cross-Cultural Childhood

Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality."
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Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Isabel Allende's new novel is a love story about a Jewish girl and a Japanese-American boy torn apart by war, race and class. The best-selling author on love, loss and passion – in fiction and real life.

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Why Eating Food Out Of A Bowl Makes Nigella Lawson Happy

Steve Inskeep talks to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson about the breadth of food you can serve in a bowl. Her latest cookbook is called, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food.
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'Hotels of North America' Chronicles Life By Hotel Reviews

Rick Moody's new novel Hotels of North America is told in the form of a series of online hotel reviews. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Moody about how travel can sometimes help us find our way home.

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