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Sept. 11 Changed Everything: Following 3 Women In The National Guard

In spring 2001, Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton signed up for the National Guard expecting just a few days of drills each month. Soldier Girls tells the stories of their deployments.
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'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.
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Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.
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In 'Dirty Work,' A Doctor Turns To Fiction To Talk About Abortion

Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.
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Lev Grossman: A 'Magician' Grows Up

NPR's Petra Mayer sees the sights at San Diego Comic-Con with Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman — and discusses what happens when wizardly kids have to face an adult world, without mentors.
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Over 900 Authors Lend Their Names To A Letter Backing Hachette

Douglas Preston wrote an open letter supporting book publisher Hachette in its dispute with Amazon, which has since spread among his readers and throughout the literary community. More than 900 other writers have signed on, including John Grisham and Stephen King.
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Amazon and the Pricing War Over E-Books

A heated dispute between Amazon and the publisher Hachette over the price of e-books has raged the past several months. Now some 900 authors, including bestsellers Stephen King and John Grisham, are weighing in with a letter to Amazon...

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For Novelist Jonathan Lethem, Radicalism Runs In The Family

His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.
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American Cool

An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the concept of cool through photographs of 100 Americans with the style, originality and talent to become a cultural icon.

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Aye, Sassenach — Gabaldon's Appeal Is Timeless

Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon's time-travel epic Outlander shot to the top of the best-seller lists — and stayed there. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates digs into the enduring potency of Gabaldon's magic.

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