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Jazz, Race Collide With War In 1930s Europe

The novel Half Blood Blues explores an often overlooked slice of history: black jazz musicians in Germany on the eve of World War II. The book moves from 1992 to 1939, from Baltimore to Berlin to Paris. It's told by an elderly black jazz musician and his friend who survived the war. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with author Esi Edugyan.
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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Doomed' War On New York Vice

When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
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A Book Gets New Life After Movie's Buzz

Lionel Shriver's The New Republic is an earlier novel that was rejected by publishers. It's getting a warmer reception after a much-buzzed-about movie was made of her book, We Need To Talk About Kevin. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with the author.
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Secrets And Lies Overseas In 'The Expats'

Author Chris Pavone's new thriller follows a former CIA assassin who tries to put her past behind her and make a new life with her husband in Luxembourg. Needless to say, things don't go as planned.
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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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