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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 — as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement — in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
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Party Of Reagan? No, Party Of Falwell, Writer Says

Rev. Jerry Falwell was a typical kid, more interested in pranks than church or politics. But he went on to create some of the country's most important Christian fundamentalist institutions and leave an indelible mark on today's Republican party. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters about his biography on Falwell, God's Right Hand.
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Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day. Journalist Edward Humes explores how that happened in his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.
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Al-Qaida Primer: 'Hunting In The Shadows'

It's been nearly a year since a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden. Since his death, there have been many questions regarding the future of al-Qaida. Renee Montagne talks to Seth Jones, a political scientist at the RAND Corp. and the author of Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al-Qaida Since 9/11.

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