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Imagining A World Without Prisons For Communities Defined By Them

The activist Marc Lamont Hill argues that America needs to end its prison system. With crime at all-time lows, he might sway people of color who've long called for harsher punishment for lawbreakers.

'Sing For Your Life' Recounts A Journey From Juvenile Detention To The Opera House

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
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Why Maureen Dowd Calls 2016 "The Year Of Voting Dangerously"

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has been writing about politics for more than 30 years. Her insights on presidents past and why she thinks the 2016 presidential race is the nastiest in modern history.


Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds

But they're not the only ones. Eighteen books got the nod when Kirkus Reviews released shortlists for its literary prize on Tuesday.

'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

First Woman Sworn In As Librarian Of Congress

Dr. Carla Hayden is the country's 14th librarian of Congress and is the first woman and first African-American to hold the job. She spent much of her career at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging You With Her New Book

Blogger Luvvie Ajayi discusses her new book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, which has her takes on pop culture and more.

In 'Jerusalem,' Nothing You've Ever Lost Is Truly Gone

The house Alan Moore was born in was torn down in 1969 — along with most of the rest of his neighborhood. But in his new novel, Jerusalem, the legendary comics creator brings it all back to life.

'Juniper': The Story Of A Premature Baby Girl Who Grew To Be 'Perfect'

Kelley Benham French and husband Tom French tell the story of the tough decisions they made after the premature birth of their daughter in the memoir Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon.

'Shoeless Joe' Author William Patrick Kinsella Dies At 81

The award-winning book was adapted into the beloved film Field of Dreams. The Canadian author is best known for his works about magic — and baseball.