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"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" (Rebroadcast)

Karen Russell earned early praise for her work: a coveted "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation for her first short story collection, and her first novel, "Swamplandia!," was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. She's in the studio with Kojo to talk about her latest work.

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'Lunch Lady' Author Helps Students Draw Their Own Heroes

Can you imagine your own superhero? That's the question author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka posed to kids on a recent afternoon at a school in Washington, D.C. Krosoczka also described how he overcame a difficult childhood to become the author of the beloved Lunch Lady series.
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Fictional 'Mothers' Reveal Facts Of A Painful Adoption Process

After years trying to conceive, novelist Jennifer Gilmore and her husband decided to adopt. What they thought would be a relatively simple process was instead a long and painful one. In her latest novel, Gilmore channels these autobiographical experiences into fiction.
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After Crashing In Canadian 'Abyss,' Four Men Fight To Survive

On an icy night in 1984, a commuter plane crashed in the wilderness. Six passengers died, but four survived: the pilot, a politician, a policeman and a prisoner. Carol Shaben's Into the Abyss describes their fight to make it through that frigid night alive.
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Courtside Chemistry: How NBA's Phil Jackson Won 'Eleven Rings'

Jackson is famous for his philosophical take on basketball and for the many stars he led to championship triumphs. He taught his players yoga and gave them assigned reading — but also pushed them to intensely practice fundamental skills. His new book looks back on a legendary coaching career.

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