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Caro's 'Passage Of Power': LBJ's Political Genius

Robert Caro's fourth book on the life of Lyndon B. Johnson documents the master statesman's most tumultuous years — from his dismal vice presidency to his ascent to the presidency and triumphant shepherding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress.
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Extremism In Congress: 'Even Worse Than It Looks'?

The two Washington political veterans who wrote the new book claim today's Congress is probably the most dysfunctional since the Civil War — and they aren't afraid to point fingers at who they think is to blame: the Republican Party.
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'Teachers Make' A Difference, What About You?

Teaching is a tough job: long hours, low pay, and constant criticism when test scores don't measure up. But for teacher advocate Taylor Mali, it's the best job in the world. He's written a new book in praise of the profession and in passionate defense of teachers.
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Single-Handedly Pitching 'An Improbable Life'

Guest host David Greene talks to former Yankee Jim Abbott about his new memoir, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, which chronicles his success as a Major League pitcher — despite only having one hand.
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'Hot Dog' Meets 'Bun': Famous Food Discoveries

Some of the most popular culinary creations — Granny Smith apples, Caesar salad and nachos — are products of fortuitous discoveries. Josh Chetwynd's new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun, chronicles the quirky history of kitchen favorites.
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NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Monica Youn. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.

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