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Colombia Advances In World Cup, Two Decades After Infamous Murder

In 1994, star player Andres Escobar was killed just weeks after he scored an own goal in the Cup. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Colombian-American journalist and novelist John Rojas about the crime.
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Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks "real world" parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.
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Author Plumbs The Human Psyche Through 'Animal Madness'

Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about mental illness and Animal Madness.
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Pitcher R.A. Dickey Tells Kids It's OK To Be Different

Pitcher R.A. Dickey is a rare bird in major league baseball: a master of the knuckleball. Now he's also a children's author. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with him about his new book, Knuckleball Ned.
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'Rogue Elephant' Asks: Is Democracy Right For India?

Journalist Simon Denyer has been covering India's tumultuous political scene for most of the past decade. He tells NPR that Indian voters are tired of government corruption — but not of democracy.
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'Everything I Never Told You' Exposed In Biracial Family's Loss

In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity.
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Life Is Tough, Says Joan Rivers, So 'You Better Laugh At Everything'

The comic has made a career out of saying exactly what she thinks. She tells NPR's Scott Simon, "I'm the one who says, 'The emperor has no clothes.' " Her new book is Diary of a Mad Diva.
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Princip Pulled 'The Trigger,' But Never Meant To Start A War

Journalist Tim Butcher's new book traces the footsteps of Gavrilo Princip, the young Serbian revolutionary who famously sparked World War I by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel examined the aftermath of an unexplained rapturelike event. A new HBO series inspired by The Leftovers begins Sunday. Originally broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.
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In Mystery Series' W.Va. River Town, There's No Escape From Terror

Writer Julia Keller, who grew up in the state, says she surprised herself when she set her novels there. But riverbanks, convenience stores and abandoned coal mines make for perfect crime scenes.

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