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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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'Winding Up' As The Mets' Knuckleball Pitcher

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life — and career — have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.
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Carole King, From Doo-Wopper To Chart Topper

Singer-songwriter Carole King started young: She was just 15 when she founded a doo-wop group with her classmates. The act never took off, but King eventually became one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. She tells the story of her career so far in a new memoir, A Natural Woman.
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Sexual Abuse: What Finally Made It 'Ok To Tell'

Lauren Book grew up in what looked like a stable upper class home. But over six years, Lauren was sexually and physically abused by the family's female nanny. Her memoir It's OK to Tell challenges commonly held ideas about sexual abuse, and she speaks with host Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment may not be suitable for all audiences.)
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Before Admin Assistants, There Were Secretaries

For decades, secretary positions were the only ones women could hold in many workplaces. The hit TV show Mad Men has fed nostalgia for a time when secretaries typed letters and kept the boss happy. But those duties, and the women who filled them, have come a long way. Host Michel Martin talks with Lynn Peril, author of Swimming in the Steno Pool.
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'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community

Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann studies the personal relationships evangelicals develop with God. In her book When God Talks Back, she explains how relationships with God are often cemented through the power of prayer.
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Simple Tweets Of Fate: Teju Cole's Condensed News

Every day, Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole skims newspapers from present-day Nigeria and 1912's New York City. He turns the odd news of the day into the ironic, illuminating Tweets he calls "Small Fates."

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