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'The Big Con': If You Can't Avoid It, Avenge It

When con men took off with Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet's fortune, he turned con man himself in the hopes of stealing his money back. In The Mark Inside, Amy Reading shares one of the strangest stories in the history of the swindle.
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Readers' Review: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt (Rebroadcast)

For our March Readers' Review, Diane and her guests will discuss a classic modern memoir. It's the story of an Irish childhood shaped not just by poverty but also a resilient spirit. We hope you will join us to discuss "Angela's Ashes" on Wednesday, March 21.

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Writing The Messy Life Of A Sexual Health Pioneer

Margaret Sanger founded the organization that became Planned Parenthood. Her work around sexual health made her one of the most celebrated and vilified figures in women's history. Host Michel Martin explores Sanger's complex life and drive for her work with Jean Baker, author of the biography Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion.
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'Wonder' What It's Like To Have Kids Stare At You?

In R.J. Palacio's new novel, a middle-schooler with a facial deformity struggles to fit in. Raquel Jaramillo, the author behind the pen name, says she found it more interesting to write about teens being kind than about teens being mean.
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Coco Chanel: The Unlikely Fashion Icon

Coco Chanel's name is synonymous with high fashion and luxury. She was born into extreme poverty, and eventually revolutionized women's fashion. In her recent biography Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, Lisa Chaney chronicles the life, loves and career of the fashion icon.
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Coco Chanel, Unlikely Icon of Fashion

Coco Chanel's name is synonymous with high fashion and luxury. In a recent biography Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, author Lisa Chaney chronicles the life, loves and career of the fashion icon. In this installment of Tell Me More's biography series for Women's History Month host Michel Martin talks with Chaney.
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'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Companies like 3M allow their employees to have an hour a day to do whatever they want: work on a side project or tinker with a hobby. In doing so, they're helping their employees become more creative — and increasing their productivity, says science writer Jonah Lehrer in his new book, Imagine.

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