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Shirley Sherrod Stands Up To The Politics Of Fear

Shirley Sherrod was forced out of the Department of Agriculture because of a misleading video. An edited clip appeared to show her saying she didn't want to help white farmers save their land. But the entire speech made it clear that Sherrod was actually saying racism is wrong. She talks with host Michel Martin about her book The Courage To Hope.
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With App, Book Brings 'Horrible Hauntings' To Life

Halloween is coming and award-winning author Shirin Yim Bridges' new children's book Horrible Hauntings gives a new terrifying take on famous ghost tales. That includes the Headless Horseman and Bloody Mary, and readers can use apps to play with the ghosts on phones and tablets. She talks about her new book with host Michel Martin.
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Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel" (Rebroadcast)

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

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Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

During World War II, even successful generals could be fired. But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, no one was fired. A new book from Thomas Ricks examines the changes in our military over the past 60 years.
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The Power Of Language, 'Found In Translation'

A new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche uncovers tales of language and translation, like the story of Peter Less, whose family was killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just a few years later, Less interpreted for those very same people at the Nuremberg trials.
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With Barbs, Author Becomes Literary Star In China

Han Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has built a following of more than 8 million on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He writes what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly — criticizing everything from corrupt officials to the nation's conformist educational system.
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History Inspired Travel Tales Of Donoghue's 'Astray'

Emma Donoghue's new book voyages from Ireland to Canada, then into the Yukon and away from a plantation. The best-selling author says Astray may just be 14 stories, but they were informed by about 40 real-life historical events.

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