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Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.

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How One Woman Nearly Deciphered A Mysterious Script

For decades, no one could crack the code to a mysterious ancient script called Linear B. In her new book, Margalit Fox tells the story of the forgotten woman who almost figured it out.
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A Deeper Dive Into Television's 'Difficult Men'

From Tony Soprano to Don Draper, male characters drive this new — and yet old — form of storytelling. Weekend Edition Sunday host Linda Wertheimer talks with Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the scenes of the Creative Revolution from The Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
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Steamy Novel An 'Education' In Youth, Love And Mistakes

Susan Choi departs from research-heavy books to write about people and relationships — and winds up writing about love and sex. My Education looks at a graduate student who doesn't learn what she anticipated.
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Richard Russo Gives E-Publishing A Try

The author admits he was once weary of e-book publishing, but when he found himself writing a novella — too short for a book, too long for a magazine — he decided to test it out. He says he's happy with the experience, both economically and artistically.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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Bookend: Local Author Traces D.C. Influence In New Memoir

Novelist Howard Norman explores how strange experiences — including a murder-suicide in his own home — have shaped his work.

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This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From alien souvenir stands to clothes diets, we go theme-less in a summer "Wild Cards" show.

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"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett (Rebroadcast)

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

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Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic" (Rebroadcast)

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves the stories of well-known figures and fictional characters, revealing fiction's role in the telling of history.

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