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Mark Twain's Famous Outcasts Float Through Three Centuries

Huck Finn and his friend Jim float down the Mississippi through the Jim Crow South and Hurricane Katrina in a new book called The Boy in His Winter. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Norman Lock.
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'Wynne's War,' A Modern Take On The Classic 'Mideastern'

Wynne's War is part western, part war novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Aaron Gwyn about the book that follows a U.S. Special Forces unit on horseback through Afghanistan.
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A Burrito With A Side Of Prose At Chipotle

The restaurant chain Chipotle is bringing literature to its cups and bags. Writers are penning stories that customers can read while they eat. Ever hear the tale of The Old Man and the Burrito?
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A 'New York Times' Shake-up, But Not The One You're Thinking Of

The New York Times made news this week when it announced Jill Abramson's departure. For a deeper understanding of the paper's history, author Kevin Roose recommends Hard News by Seth Mnookin.
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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

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The Shifting Culture of American Fiction with Chad Harbach

Author Chad Harbach joins us to consider the changing landscape of America's publishing industry.

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Wole Soyinka: I Just Want Those Monsters Exterminated

The Nigerian Nobel laureate says the abduction of more than 250 girls by extremist group Boko Haram is a defining moment for his country.
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Armed for Nonviolence: Guns and the Civil Rights Movement

Journalist and former civil rights activist Charles E. Cobb Jr. joins Kojo to explore the role that armed self-defense played in the "nonviolent" civil rights movement.

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In Mona Simpson's 'Casebook,' A Holden Caulfield For Our Time

The teenaged protagonist of Mona Simpson's novel, Casebook, spies on his parents and learns their secrets. The novel is a haunting cross between Harriet the Spy and The Catcher in the Rye.
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The Pact That Turned A Juvenile Delinquent Into A Medical Doctor

Not so long ago, Dr. Sampson Davis found himself in detention for a crime that could have sent his life in a completely different direction. He shares how his big break turned things around.

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