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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.
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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.
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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
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'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower

Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.
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How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich

Karen Dawisha's new book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia shows how Russian president Vladimir Putin has enabled his cronies to become enormously wealthy under his kleptocratic rule.
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What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.
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What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.
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What Does It Take To Cover A War?

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered countless wars, including conflict in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of everyday human courage in conflict zones.

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