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Joan Didion: Crafting An Elegy For Her Daughter

Two years after the death of her husband, Joan Didion suffered the untimely loss of her only daughter. She pieces together her memories of Quintana Roo in her new memoir, Blue Nights.
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Condi Rice Talks Freedom, War, Working For Bush

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was among the head architects of the way America responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. She was also at the center of divisive debates within the George W. Bush administration. In her new memoir No Higher Honor, she defends and explains Bush's decision to engage in war in Iraq, and shares how her work took a toll on her personal life. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Interrupting Violence With The Message 'Don't Shoot'

Criminologist David M. Kennedy's strategy for reducing gang violence has dramatically reduced youth homicide rates nationwide. In his new memoir, Don't Shoot, Kennedy outlines how community meetings and interventions have worked to curb youth violence in more than 70 cities.
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Mindy Kaling On Diets, High School And Other American Pastimes

Mindy Kaling's humor is rooted in a type of circular logic that's all her own. Just consider this recent Tweet: "Can everyone buy my book please? I wanna quit the business and homeschool my kids real weird."
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Sorrowful 'Blue Nights': Didion Mourns Her Daughter

"She was simply the center of my life," says Joan Didion, whose daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, died at age 39. Her death came just two years after the death of Didion's husband, John Gregory Dunne. "We all survive more than we think we can," Didion tells NPR's Susan Stamberg.
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John Hodgman And Robert Siegel Consider 'All' Things, Some Of Them Rather Dubious

If you are uncertain about the implications of The Jock-Nerd Convergence or are unsure about the dangers posed by The Century Toad, fear not: author John Hodgman is here to explain them to you. Also: sardines.

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