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Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Lowland" (Rebroadcast)

"The Lowland" is a new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Based on true events, it's the story of two brothers growing up in post-colonial India and the limits of love and sacrifice.

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Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

The new book "The Baby Chase" follows an Arizona couple all the way to India and back, in their quest to have a baby. Host Michel Martin is joined by author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Rhonda Wile, a nurse who hired two surrogates in India to have her children.
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L.A. Food Truck King Tells His Story One Recipe At A Time

Roy Choi changed the food truck fad forever when he and his friend started selling Korean barbecue tacos outside clubs in Los Angeles. He talks about his life and his food truck foundations in his new book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.
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How To Levitate A Sandwich: 'Modern Cuisine' Spills Photo Secrets

A ham and cheese sandwich floats in midair. A Weber grill is sliced in half to expose a burger sizzling inside. The Photography of Modern Cuisine is both a visual feast and a practical guide to food photography.
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'Red Sky In Morning' Mixes Forceful Language And Powerful Story

Alan Cheuse reviews Dublin journalist Paul Lynch's first novel, Red Sky in Morning, which is set in 19th century Ireland. The book tells the story and aftermath of a murder committed by a rage-filled farmer against the landlord who evicts him. Cheuse says Lynch's forceful language makes the story's violence palpable.
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Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

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Female Friendship Puts 'New' Angle On Italian Classism And Machismo

Bound by the confines of gender and finances, two young women take divergent paths in Elena Ferrante's The Story of a New Name, the second book in her "Neapolitan Novels" trilogy. Critic John Powers believes the bold, expansive series to be semi-autobiographical, a revelation from a secretive author who won't reveal her true name.
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Author Catherine Chung: 'I Want To Embrace The Things That I Am'

The author of Forgotten Country went from crunching numbers to writing, though she says words were always her first love. Her novel explores the tenuous lines between freedom and selfishness.
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From Sulking To Sanctions, A Street-Level View Of Life In Iran

Journalist Hooman Majd's new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country's long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.

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