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Single-Handedly Pitching 'An Improbable Life'

Guest host David Greene talks to former Yankee Jim Abbott about his new memoir, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, which chronicles his success as a Major League pitcher — despite only having one hand.

'Hot Dog' Meets 'Bun': Famous Food Discoveries

Some of the most popular culinary creations — Granny Smith apples, Caesar salad and nachos — are products of fortuitous discoveries. Josh Chetwynd's new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun, chronicles the quirky history of kitchen favorites.

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Monica Youn. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about President Lyndon Johnson. His fourth book on the LBJ, "The Passage of Power," follows Johnson from 1958 to 1964. Lyndon Johnson was...

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.


Tracing The Divides In The War 'To End All Wars'

Historian Adam Hochschild traces the patriotic fervor that catapulted Great Britain into war during the summer of 1914 — as well as the small, but determined British pacifist movement — in his historical narrative To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.

Party Of Reagan? No, Party Of Falwell, Writer Says

Rev. Jerry Falwell was a typical kid, more interested in pranks than church or politics. But he went on to create some of the country's most important Christian fundamentalist institutions and leave an indelible mark on today's Republican party. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters about his biography on Falwell, God's Right Hand.

Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day. Journalist Edward Humes explores how that happened in his new book Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.