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Joe Sacco: "The Great War"

Catoonist and journalist Joe Sacco uses a single page that spans 24 feet to tell the story of the Battle of the Somme.

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Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

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Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

The Chinese town of Shijiao is known for recycling discarded Christmas tree lights for their copper and wire insulation, which are then used to support growing economies and make slipper soles, respectively. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter explores the business of recycling what developed nations throw away.
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Chef Chat: We Pick The Brains Of Ottolenghi And Tamimi

The London-based duo have achieved international fame with their wildly popular restaurants and best-selling cookbooks rooted in Middle Eastern traditions. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi dropped by NPR to talk food philosophy and kitchen must-haves.
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Even When It Hurts 'ALOT,' Brosh Faces Life With Plenty Of 'Hyperbole'

On her Hyperbole and a Half blog, Allie Brosh writes stories about her life illustrated with a "very precise crudeness." Most are lighthearted — about her dog or her favorite grammatical pet peeve ("a lot" vs. "alot) — but her most popular posts have also been the most upsetting, about her crippling depression.
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In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets-Turned-Writers Tell Their War Stories

Roy Scranton and Jacob Siegel edited and contributed to the collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They tell Fresh Air about how soldiers cope with the fear of death, and why many soldiers feel conflicted about sharing their experience with a larger audience.
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A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet

Joe Sacco has made a career of tackling difficult subjects through imagery. He's a journalist and cartoonist who has reported on the Middle East and Bosnia — in both written and comic form. In his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns to history, producing a 24-foot-long depiction of the horrifying first day of the Battle of the Somme.
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How Cynthia Rylant Discovered The Poetry Of Storytelling

Award-winning author Cynthia Rylant's pictures books revolve around children relying on their families for love and support. To write a good children's book, she says, "you have to be a good poet." Her latest book, God Got A Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her a day to write.
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Stories Probe The Hidden Grievances Of Class

The stories in Russell Banks' new collection, A Permanent Member of the Family, all share a sense of sadness. Banks joins host Rachel Martin to talk about how he begins his tales.
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'Days Of Fire': The Evolution Of The Bush-Cheney White House

Peter Baker covered the George W. Bush administration for The New York Times. In his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, Baker takes a second look at those controversial years.

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