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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School

In a new biography called Her Again, author Michael Schulman says that at 14, Streep decided to reinvent herself — and before she was an Oscar winner, she was homecoming queen.
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'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.
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'Wake Up You!' Explores The Transitional, Post-War Rock 'N' Roll Of Nigeria

In the 1970s, a crop of young rock bands with "a new sense of fury and fuzz" arose in the aftermath of the country's civil war, says historian Uchenna Ikonne.
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In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam

Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong speaks about his new book Night Sky with Exit Wounds, which weaves growing up in America with his family's memories of a war-torn Vietnam.
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In 'Service,' A Celebrated Photographer Turns His Lens On U.S. Troops

Platon, best known for his portraits of leaders and celebrities, focuses on U.S. troops and their loved ones in his new book, Service. "It's time to celebrate a new set of cultural heroes," he says.
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Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose

Librarian Abdel Kader Haidara organized a smuggling operation to keep centuries-old manuscripts out of the hands of al-Qaida. Joshua Hammer wrote about it in The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.
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George Plimpton Reissues Books That Took Us Inside The Game

Seven of the the late George Plimpton's sports books are being re-released. NPR's Scott Simon talks with sportscaster Bob Costas about the collection.
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Activist, Professor, Historian — Now A Poetry Pulitzer Prize Winner

Peter Balakian is the author of "Ozone Journal," winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Scott Simon talks with Balakian about how the collection has changed since he began writing decades ago.
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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.
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Electric Currents And An 'Emotional Awakening' For One Man With Autism

Switched On author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says.

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