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'My Long Trip Home' A Memoir Of Mixed Heritage

In his memoir, My Long Trip Home, Mark Whitaker explores the lives of his parents. They came from vastly different backgrounds, and their interracial relationship helped shape Whitaker's own life. Host Audie Cornish talks with Whitaker, who is executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide, about growing up biracial during a key turning point in this country's history.
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James Garfield And The 'Destiny Of The Republic'

It wasn't necessarily the assassin's bullet that killed President James A. Garfield — it was more likely the bungling of his doctors. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts takes a close look at Garfield's remains at the National Museum of Health and Medicine with Candice Millard, author of the new book, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President."
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'How To Survive The Titanic,' And Sink Your Name

In 1912, J. Bruce Ismay was one of the most hated men in America: He owned the Titanic; gave the ship just 20 lifeboats; and — unlike so many — lived through its maiden voyage. Frances Wilson tracks the scandal of Ismay's survival in How to Survive the Titanic.
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Searching For Meaning In A Cheap Toaster

Carl Sagan once said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. In his book The Toaster Project, author and artist Thomas Thwaites describes his effort to build a cheap plastic toaster from scratch, and what the project taught him about material goods, self-reliance, international commerce, and globalization.
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Inskeep Explores Growing Pains Of An 'Instant City'

Pakistan's port city of Karachi is 30 times larger now than it was at the end of World War II. In his first book, Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep explores the violence and vitality of a city experiencing explosive population growth.

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