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'Game Over': Mixing Sports And Politics

Athletes used to lead the charge for social change all the time, but as sports figures started making more in endorsement deals, their politics sometimes took a backseat to their pocketbooks. Sportswriter Dave Zirin's new book is about the uneasy confluence of sports and politics over the years.
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Joyce Carol Oates: "The Accursed"

Acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates on her latest Gothic tale of vampires, demons and a dark secret.

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Bookend: Poet Anne Harding Woodworth

Poet Anne Harding Woodworth is not a native Washingtonian, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone more in love with the nation's capital, especially as a fertile place for poetry.

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A Struggle To Fit In And Overcome Stereotypes In 'Ghana Must Go'

In Taiye Selasi's debut novel, members of the Sai family have trouble assimilating both in the United States and while in Ghana for the patriarch's funeral. Host Michel Martin speaks with Selasi about her novel and the immigrant experience.
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You're So Dumb, You Probably Think This Book Is About Getting Slapped

"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!" Philosophy professor William Irvine's new book, A Slap in the Face, is a compendium of insults — and a scholarly look at why we're constantly compelled to one-up each other.
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'Angry Days' Shows An America Torn Over Entering World War II

World War II is often thought of as a good and just war — a war the U.S. had to fight. But the decision wasn't that simple. Public debate was heated between interventionism, which President Roosevelt supported, and isolationism, which aviator Charles Lindbergh became an unofficial spokesman for.

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