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From The Ocean Deep To The Courtroom: A Tale Of Sunken Treasure

When the SS Central America sunk in 1857, it took down tons of gold with it. Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, tells the fraught tale of shipwreck and recovered treasure.
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Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist says the myth of the cowboy feels "hollow." The Last Kind Words Saloon is a spare and unsentimental story about two Western icons, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Colson Whitehead's new book was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker for Grantland. It's a sharp observational tale of the game, those who play it and how it changed him.
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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

The New York Yankees relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and what he didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.
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"Dream City" - Four Decades of Local D.C. History

Two decades ago, journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe set out to document the short and tumultuous history of local government in the District of Columbia. But today's D.C. is a different place from the one Sherwood and Jaffe wrote about in their 1994 book, "Dream City." They join Kojo in the studio chat about how the city's changed and what remains the same.

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A Film And Fashion Icon On Aging, And The Power Of Turtlenecks

Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's new memoir, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, tackles classic menswear, her insecurities about aging, and the new places she's learned to look for beauty.
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Why Bring Up Death When We Could Talk About 'Something More Pleasant'?

In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.
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Post-Sept. 11 Hate Crime Reveals A 'Hurting' America

In his new book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, journalist Anand Giridharadas follows both the victim and the perpetrator of a brutal crime after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Extra! Read All About It: 'Girl Stunt Reporter' Turns 150

Nellie Bly of the New York World was one of the most famous "girl stunt reporters" of her time. Now, the first ever edited collection of her work is being released, in honor of her 150th birthday.
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South Africa Through The Eyes Of A Post-Apartheid Generation

Twenty years after apartheid ended in South Africa, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Katherine Newman, co-author of After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa.

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