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Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
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Tracking The World's Famous Most Unread Books

NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Jordan Ellenberg about his part-serious, part-playful Hawking Index, which is an e-book-era mathematical measurement of how far readers get into books before giving up.
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A Marriage In Crisis Is The Model For This 'Drawing'

Robin Black's Life Drawing follows an artist couple working through the pain of a past betrayal. "It's ... a fascinating subject," Black says. "Who stays together and how do they manage it?"
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'Angels' Find Pre-Civil War Home In Idyllic Interracial Enclave

NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Breena Clark about her new novel, Angels Make Their Hope Here. It follows Dossie Bird, a girl who escapes slavery in 1849 and flees to a refuge in New Jersey.
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"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee"

Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has sold more than 30 million copies in 18 languages. Journalist Marja Mills, who gained unprecedented access to Lee and her family, joins us to shed some light on the life of one of America's literary icons.

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In Aftermath Of Brazil's World Cup Defeat, A Poem To Numb The Pain

Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.
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In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.
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Poet Lore Magazine

Poet Lore Magazine is celebrating 125 years in print from its base in Bethesda, Maryland. We talk to co-editor Jody Bolz about the history of the publication and the role of poetry in modern lives.

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10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.
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'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

A tip from an informant helped two reporters discover what they call rampant corruption within Philadelphia's police department. Their award-winning reporting is the subject of the book Busted.

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