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D.L. Hughley: Tough Words On Politics And Women

Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley has never shied away from controversy, offering his tough, unapologetic opinions on race, money, politics and even his family. Hughley joins host Michel Martin share his critique of American leaders and to talk about his new book. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners.
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From Ship To Sherlock: Doyle's 'Arctic' Diary

In 1880, years before creating Sherlock Holmes, a young Arthur Conan Doyle went to the Arctic as the surgeon aboard a whaling ship. He recorded his adventures in journals full of notes and drawings, which have been published for the first time in a book called Dangerous Work.
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Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that what makes Miami exceptional is the story of how an immigrant community rose to dominate its political landscape in just over a generation. His new novel deals with racial and ethnic conflict among the city's diverse inhabitants.
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Running Toward Redemption On 'Ransom Road'

Author Caleb Daniloff spent 15 years struggling with alcoholism. His new memoir, Running Ransom Road, describes the way an addiction to running began to replace his addiction to alcohol. Running, Daniloff says, gave him a sense of clarity and transformation that aided his recovery.
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A Reminder To Tolkien Fans Of Their First Love

Fans of Middle Earth tend to fall in love with The Hobbit as children, says self-described "Tolkien professor" Corey Olsen. But once they move on to The Lord of the Rings, they never come back. That's a great shame, he says, so he's written his own book to honor the classic fantasy novel.
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From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail

Apart from the obvious stardom of The Beatles, one of the things that makes Abbey Road Studios unique is the diversity of the music recorded there. From becoming the world's first-ever custom recording studio to facing an era of low-budget self-recording, Abbey Road "continues to push boundaries."

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