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Sleuth Keeps His Good Eye On Mexico City's Crime

Paco Ignacio Taibo II and his fictional protagonist, Hector Belascoaran Shayne, follow crime trails in a dark, violent Mexico City. But the author has not written about his detective since the drug war began about six years ago.
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This Chef Loves Her 'Pig,' From Nose To Tail

April Bloomfield says she loves the smell of frying liver, the taste of a good thick steak shared with friends, and the crunch of a crispy fried pig's ear. Her new cookbook is a paean to meat — and from snout to tail, every part of the animal appears on her dinner table.
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The 'Other Audubon': A Family's Passion

In the late 1800s, Genevieve Jones set out to create the first book in America to catalogue the nests and eggs of birds. But when Jones tragically died of typhoid, her family made the remarkable commitment to complete the project. Melissa Block talks with Joy Kiser, who has once again published the illustrations and wrote the story behind their creation in her book, America's Other Audubon.
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Marcus Samuelsson: On Becoming A Top Chef

The James Beard award-winning chef was the youngest ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times. His new memoir, Yes, Chef, explains what it takes to be a master chef — and describes his journey from Ethiopia to Sweden to some of America's finest restaurants.
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Black Legal Giants Struggled With Role, Identity

The Supreme Court has made major decisions, from rulings on the President's signature health care law, to historic civil rights law. In the book, Representing the Race, Harvard Law Professor Kenneth Mack looks at African-American legal giants like Thurgood Marshall and their struggle with identity. He speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado.
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Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

Airline veteran and writer William McGee says airlines' aggressive cost-cutting hasn't just added fees and hassles. He says they're taking steps that compromise safety — and regulators are letting it happen.

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