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Poet Lore Magazine

Poet Lore Magazine is celebrating 125 years in print from its base in Bethesda, Maryland. We talk to co-editor Jody Bolz about the history of the publication and the role of poetry in modern lives.

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'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

A tip from an informant helped two reporters discover what they call rampant corruption within Philadelphia's police department. Their award-winning reporting is the subject of the book Busted.
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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.
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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.
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"The People's Republic of Amnesia" by Louisa Lim

Though the Tiananmen Square protests resulted in hundreds, if not thousands of deaths, many have already forgotten what happened. Veteran journalist Louisa Lim joins Kojo to explore this rebellion against a repressive government, and a people's collective amnesia.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.
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Undeterred By The Blacklist, Lee Grant 'Said Yes To Everything'

After losing 12 years of her career to the communist blacklist, the actress and director spent decades lying about her age to make up for lost time. Her new memoir recounts her life in Hollywood.
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'Coffee For Roses' And Other Garden Myths Debunked

Did you know you can't kill a gopher with chewing gum and hummingbirds are not attracted to red flowers? C.L. Fornari's book Coffee For Roses busts common gardening myths.
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From Expensive To Unholy, Mistakes Are 'Just My Typo'

"Sinning with the choir" is one of many errors featured in a new book called Just My Typo. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Drummond Moir, who compiled the collection of funny misspellings.
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Release Of 'Echo's Bones' Resurrects Beckett's Rejected Work

The story, which is about a man who comes back to life, was meant to be the final piece in Samuel Beckett's first collection of stories. But his original editor refused to publish it.

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