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A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
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Pictures Books With A 'Clash Bash' Of Culture For Kids

Monica Brown has written more than a dozen children's picture books with English and Spanish text side by side. Raised by a South American mother and North American father, she says, "I wanted to write stories that reflected the multi-ethnic, bilingual nature of my own family."
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Pat Neely Shares Holiday Comfort Food Ideas

Food Network host Pat Neely of Down Home With the Neelys, talks with host Michel Martin about why comfort food should be on every holiday table.
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A Personal 'Report From The Interior' Of Author Paul Auster

Writer Paul Auster explores his own intellectual and moral maturation in his new book Report from the Interior. It's his fifth book about his own life, but Auster says it's not himself he's interested in.
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54 Days In The Eternal City: A Christian 'Pilgrimage' For Lent

Each Lenten season, Christians travel to Rome to visit a different martyr's shrine each day. The pilgrim-worn path, which dates back to the dawn of Christianity, includes some of the city's most striking churches and historic art. Theologian George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage, says the journey grounded his faith in real places and people.
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New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

The heroes of The Guardian Princess Alliance wait for no Prince Charmings: They battle to save the world from modern environmental threats, like genetically altered crops.
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StoryCorps: A Decade Of 'Ties That Bind'

The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that StoryCorps is like "a shake on the shoulder every week ... reminding you: this is what's important."
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Satan's Naked Women, Gatsby's Cocktails, And Other Literary Fetes

In A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction, London-based party promoter Suzette Field offers a guide to literature's most famous and fabulous hosts and their soirees — from Proust and Tom Wolfe to Jay Gatsby and Hollywood Wives.
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Coping With Curveballs: Life's "Official Rules"

Author Paul Dickson has spent decades gathering the everyday axioms and principles that help us cope with life's curve balls. He joins Kojo to discuss the more than 5,000 "official rules" for living that keep us sane amid bad days and bad luck.

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An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

Mbali Vilakazi, the winner of our Poetry Games last year, honors Mandela's memory with a poem, "The Black Pimpernel." The title is a derogatory nickname given to Mandela in his revolutionary days. Vilakazi's poem looks toward the future: "And if we have stood on the shoulders of giants, / We are giants still / And giants, we will come again."

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