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Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his acting, writing and production work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with Najera about his career and his memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood. This segment initially aired Oct. 3, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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A Year Inside The New York Jets

As many Americans settle in for a day of Thanksgiving football, how much do fans really know about the game and the players? Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent nearly a year embedded with the New York Jets. He talks about the experience, and his new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, with host Michel Martin.
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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
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How Hannukah Got Americanized

Contrary to what some Americans believe, Hanukkah traditionally isn't one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dianne Ashton, author of the book Hanukkah in America, about how and why the holiday has gained more importance in this country over the decades.
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Martin Cruz Smith: "Tatiana"

Martin Cruz Smith is best known for using crime fiction to expose the dark side of contemporary Russia. The author of "Gorky Park" talks with Diane about his latest novel based on the mysterious death of a real-life Russian journalist.

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It Still Isn't Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better

Despite intense competition from Amazon and big-box retailers, there are more independent bookstores now than there were four years ago. Borders' bankruptcy, the "buy local" movement and cooperative publishers have all contributed to the renaissance.
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More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By 'The Hunger Games'

The popularity of The Hunger Games book and film series is leading to an uptick in the popularity of archery, especially among girls. USA Archery says membership is on the rise, and some sporting equipment outfitters have seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales in the years since the series began.
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Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan

For critic Maureen Corrigan, this year's hybrid family holiday may be best celebrated by escaping into a book. Her recommendations include a kids' book about Russian Jews that identify with the Pilgrims, and a novel that contemplates class divides during wartime through the lens of a football game.
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"The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

A surprise winner at this year's National Book Award, James McBride's latest novel takes on the story of abolitionist John Brown's doomed raid on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.

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Pie Pops: Bite-sized 'Pocket Pies' On A Stick

Michel Martin talks with Andrea Smetona, author of the recipe book Easy as Pie Pops, about the bite-sized treats on a stick. For the Thanksgiving table, there's even a sweet potato pie pop.

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