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Remembering 'Great Santini' Author Pat Conroy

Conroy, who died last week, was the author of several books, two of which — The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides — were made into feature films. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1987, 1995 and 2002.
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'Bullies', A Story Of Friendship, Booze And Brawls In An Oakland Biker Bar

Alex Abramovich was in his 30s when he looked up a guy who had bullied him in grade school. In his new memoir, Abramovich writes about reconnecting with Trevor, now the head of a motorcycle club.
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There Are Times When Journalists Must Take A Stand, Jorge Ramos Says

Steve Inskeep talks to Univision anchor Jorge Ramos about his book, Take A Stand: Lessons From Rebels. Ramos will be one of the moderators at Wednesday's Washington Post-Univision Democratic debate.
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An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.
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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

It can be hard to get teens to read, especially with so much technology competing for their attention. A new book looks at ways teachers can help young people find books (and find themselves).
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In 'The End Of Karma,' Young Indians Work To Overcome Their Past

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Somini Sengupta, the former New Delhi bureau chief for The New York Times, about her book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young.
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'For A Little While' Author On The Art Of The Short Story

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to petroleum-geologist-turned-writer Rick Bass about the art of the short story, specifically his short stories. A collection of the short stories he's written over the years is called, For A Little While.
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The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.
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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies At 94

Steve Inskeep talks to historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited a book of President Ronald Reagan's diaries. On those pages, the president had his own words of appreciation for his wife.
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In Richard Price's 'The Whites', Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.

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