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StoryCorps: A Decade Of 'Ties That Bind'

The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that StoryCorps is like "a shake on the shoulder every week ... reminding you: this is what's important."
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Satan's Naked Women, Gatsby's Cocktails, And Other Literary Fetes

In A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction, London-based party promoter Suzette Field offers a guide to literature's most famous and fabulous hosts and their soirees — from Proust and Tom Wolfe to Jay Gatsby and Hollywood Wives.
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Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering the everyday axioms and principles that help us cope with life's curve balls. He joins Kojo to discuss the more than 5,000 "official rules" for living that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

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An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

Mbali Vilakazi, the winner of our Poetry Games last year, honors Mandela's memory with a poem, "The Black Pimpernel." The title is a derogatory nickname given to Mandela in his revolutionary days. Vilakazi's poem looks toward the future: "And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants, / We are giants still / And giants, we will come again."
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2001 Army-Navy Game Marked By Specter Of Sept. 11

The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war, and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield. In All American, author Steve Eubanks recalls that game through the eyes of two players — Army quarterback Chad Jenkins and Navy linebacker Brian Stann.
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'Mr. Terupt' Shows What A Difference One Teacher Can Make

Rob Buyea gets it. The children's book author spent six years teaching elementary school. He's dedicated his book Because of Mr. Terupt to his former third- and fourth-grade students. "It's because of them that I began writing," he says.
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2013 Winter Reading (Rebroadcast)

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

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"The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride (Rebroadcast)

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens (Rebroadcast)

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

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Delia Ephron On The Closeness And Complexity Of Sisterhood

Novelist Delia Ephron says that losing her older sister Nora was like "losing an arm." But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia writes about the complications of sisterhood in her new collection of autobiographical essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.).

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