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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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Buying Four Wedding Dresses Made Bride Give Up Mirrors

Fed up with obsessing about her looks, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something radical: she gave up mirrors for an entire year, including her wedding day. Host Michel Martin talks with Gruys about her new book Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year.
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An Ever-Changing L.A. Links Walter Mosley To His Midcentury P.I.

Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him off; now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.
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A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

When her abusive ex-husband kidnapped their daughter and returned to Syria, Louise Monaghan went after them. The story of how she escaped with her life and her daughter is the subject of her new book, Stolen.
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Punter Kluwe Muses On Life, The Universe And 'Sparkleponies'

Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe is known for his colorful opinions and his vocal support of gay marriage. His musings are now collected in a new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities.
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E.O. Wilson's Advice for Future Scientists

In his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist, biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson aims to inspire a new generation of scientists. Among his observations and advice: Geniuses don't make the best scientists, and don't worry if you aren't good at math.
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'The Center Holds' Sees Victory For Moderates In Obama's Win

Journalist Jonathan Alter regards the 2012 presidential contest as the most consequential election of recent times. In his new book, Alter argues that President Obama's re-election prevented the country from veering sharply to the right, and he dissects the campaign and the events that led up to it.
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Ignoring Threats, An American Reports On His Native Mexico

Alfredo Corchado has a complicated relationship with Mexico. He was born there, but became a U.S. citizen. He's returned to Mexico to report on the country's drug violence and corruption, earning multiple death threats. Now he's written about his experience in Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness.
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Spy Reporter Works Her 'Sources' To Write A Thriller

Mary Louise Kelly used to cover national security for NPR, but lately she's turned her attention to fiction. Her new novel, Anonymous Sources, draws on Kelly's own reporting experiences, including things she couldn't say when she was a journalist.

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