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Chuck Klosterman On Batman, Bad Guys And Wearing 'The Black Hat'

From Darth Vader's grown-up fan base to why people like mysterious vigilantes, Klosterman's I Wear The Black Hat is a meditation on villainy, both real and imagined.
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Comedian Aisha Tyler Writes About Being That Weird Kid

Actor and comedian, Aisha Tyler's new book Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is out. In it, Tyler writes about her dalliances with failure and humiliation on the long road to success. She says it wasn't easy being the geeky, tall, black girl who loves science fiction and video games but it was worth it.
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Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

Journalist Alfredo Corchado covers Mexico for the Dallas Morning News. His new book, Midnight In Mexico, is part memoir and part recent history of the upheaval in the country. He talks to Fresh Air about the power of the cartels, the rampant corruption and the hopes for the future of Mexico.
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'Loteria': A Fortune Told By Mexican Bingo

Loteria is the story of 11-year-old Luz Castillo, in state custody after her father is arrested and her mother disappears. Luz tells her tale piece by piece, using cards from loteria, a Latin American game of chance. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with author Mario Alberto Zambrano about his first novel.
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Orville Schell and John Delury: "Wealth And Power: China's Long March To The Twenty-First Century"

China scholar Orville Schell explains the history of Chinese nationalism and how it paved the way for the world's most populist country to become the global economic powerhouse it is today.

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Celebrating The U.S., In Verse

Audie Cornish talks to poet Tess Taylor about patriotic poetry.
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From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

The famed author and illustrator broke the rules of American children's literature in the '50s and '60s, but many Americans have never heard of him. A new documentary, Far Out Isn't Far Enough, looks at his life and work.
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Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" By Chad Harbach (Rebroadcast)

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection and baseball. From our May Readers’ Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill" (Rebroadcast)

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

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Rotenberg's Toronto Thrillers Mix Canadian Courtesy With Murder

Lawyer turned author Robert Rotenberg takes great pains to re-create the relatively calm atmosphere of Canadian courtrooms in his suspense novels. But not all of his characters play by the rules. "Well, they are murder mysteries," he says.

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