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Black Leadership In The Age Of Obama: A Look Back

PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book's conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.
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What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.
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In Dave Eggers' Latest, A Mother Moves Her Kids To The Alaskan 'Frontier'

Alaska's a state that's "not too precious about itself," Eggers says. In Heroes of the Frontier, he follows an out-of-work dentist as she moves her small family to an unfamiliar home.
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Graphic Novelist Marjorie Lui On How Rejection Shaped Her Writing

Author Marjorie Liu is nominated for two Eisners, the most prestigious awards in comics. She writes young adult fantasy books that cover topics that include war, women and steam punk gadgetry.
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In 'The Darkroom,' A Writer Comes To Grips With Her Dad's Gender Transition

Susan Faludi says that, growing up, her father was a "domineering, hyper-masculine patriarch." In her new book, she tries to understand his past and his decision to become a woman.
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'The Battle For Home' Traces Syria's History Through Architecture

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni, about her new book The Battle for Home, which traces Syria's past, present and possible future through the lens of architecture.
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"The Hopefuls" And Administrative Churn In D.C.

Every four to eight years, D.C. is flooded with energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for president — or Congress — who flow into the area. We talk with author Jennifer Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.

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Irene Pollin Reflects On Her "Unexpected" Life

Out with a self-published memoir, former Washington sports team co-owner Ireme Pollin sits down with Kojo to reflect on her "unexpected" life.

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Delia Ephron: "Siracusa"

A new novel from author and screenwriter Delia Ephron. It's a story of marriage and betrayal set in the Sicilian town of Siracusa.

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Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

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