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An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Carolina De Robertis' novel Gods of Tango features a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.
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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.
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A Conversation With American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland

Acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland joined Diane to talk about her remarkable career and how she is challenging physical stereotypes that she says keep ballet stuck in the past.

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Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration" (Rebroadcast)

For the Fourth of July: A fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence, and how ideas of freedom and equality have been interpreted over the years.

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Bookend: Author Mary Amato And The Changing World of Children's Literature

Author Mary Amato shares what it's like to pen prose for the younger set.
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Misty Copeland Seeks To Inspire Other African-American Dancers

Misty Copeland is the American Ballet Theater's first female African-American principal dancer. She discusses her book, Firebird. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on Morning Edition).
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How A Stolen Backpack In Casablanca Inspired A Novel About Shifting Identity

The main character in Vendela Vida's new novel is alone in Morocco when her bag with her passport and credit cards is stolen. Vida says The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty was inspired by her own travels.
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"The Brothers"-- Masha Gessen

We chat with journalist and author Masha Gessen, whose newest book explores the complicated family history behind bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

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Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, writer Mat Johnson identified as black – but looked white. His new novel is about a man who returns to his hometown after inheriting a run-down mansion.
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Two Years After Deadly Wildfire, Are There Lessons In The Ashes?

The Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013 was one of the deadliest incidents for wildland firefighters in American history. Nineteen of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died — many inside their fire shelters.

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