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Teaching Shakespeare In A Maximum Security Prison

Many people thought Laura Bates was out of her mind when she offered to teach Shakespeare in the maximum security wing of an Indiana prison. But the prisoners found a deep connection with the playwright's words. Laura Bates talks about her experience in her new book Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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'Humanity' May Get Second Chance In Jean Thompson's New Novel

Jean Thompson's The Humanity Project follows the fortunes of a number of hard-luck people — and looks at the bizarre, sad and funny ways we fail to help others.
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Going 'Beyond War' In The Middle East

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with David Rohde about his new book, Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East.
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'Orphan': A Novel Imagines Life In North Korea

Last week, the The Orphan Master's Son was awarded the Pulitzer prize for fiction. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin spoke with author Adam Johnson last year about his book. In that interview, Johnson explained that as part of his research he actually managed to finagle a visit to North Korea. He said his government minders maintained tight control over his itinerary, but they couldn't hide everything.
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Kay Bailey Hutchison On Other 'Unflinching' Texan Women

Kay Bailey Hutchison was the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Her new book, Unflinching Courage, profiles some of the brave female pioneers who shaped her home state.

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