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"Rose Kennedy" With Barbara Perry

As the daughter, wife and mother of politicians in a family that has achieved iconic status, Rose Kennedy occupies a unique place in American history. A new biography sheds light on the often paradoxical nature of the woman who raised a political dynasty.

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Bookend: D.C. Native Elliott Holt Finds Acclaim With Debut Novel

In our monthly look at D.C.'s literary scene, we talk with Elliott Holt, whose debut novel, You Are One of Them, is generating lots of buzz.

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John Hunter: "World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements"

In John Hunter's fourth grade classroom, students tackle global problems using a game. The teacher explains the World Peace Game and how it’s informed his education philosophy.

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After WWII, Europe Was A 'Savage Continent' Of Devastation

In his book, which has just won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, Keith Lowe describes a land with no governments, schools, banks or shops, where rape was rampant and women prostituted themselves for food. Flying in the face of usual post-WWII narratives, Lowe sheds light on a complex history.
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D.C.'s Dunbar High, America's First Black Public High School

Kojo sits down with journalist and author Alison Stewart to explore the history of D.C.'s Dunbar High School, the first public high school in America for black students.

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The Gronkowskis On Raising A Family Of Champions

A lot dads dream of seeing their kids make it as pro athletes. But only Gordy Gronkowski can say he has three sons in the NFL, and a fourth who was a professional baseball player. Gordy and his sons talk about their new memoir Growing Up Gronk: A Family's Story of Raising Champions.
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In Nairobi, A Maasai Detective Pursues Elusive Justice

Richard Crompton wrote his first novel, a crime thriller, to explore the value of justice in the developing world. Hour of the Red God stars Detective Mollel, who is charged with investigating a homicide in a city many still know as "Nairobbery."
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Living With Tragedy And Fright In A 'Beautiful Place'

Writer Howard Norman's memoir focuses on particular people and moments. His stories contain disturbing incidents, from the murder-suicide of a mother and her young son in his home, to the accidental death of a swan in the Arctic. He also tells of a strange, frightening and humorous Inuit shaman.
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Flying High And Low In 'Full Upright And Locked Position'

In a new book, aviation consultant Mark Gerchick writes that "the magic of air travel has morphed into an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal." He talks about how it's gotten so bad, why there are so many hidden fees and if there actually is less leg room than there used to be.
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'No Regrets': A Murder Mystery, Tangled In Life's Troubles

John Dufresne's new novel is a funny, dark murder mystery set in South Florida. No Regrets, Coyote begins with the murder of a family and an amateur sleuth intent on solving the crime.

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