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'A Confederacy Of Dunces Cookbook': A Classic Revisited In Recipes

Set in 1960s New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces centers around Ignatius J. Reilly, a glutton in a city known for its cuisine. A new cookbook looks at the food central to the heralded comedic novel.
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How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat

Opened in 1865, Chicago's Union Stock Yard was the greatest livestock market the world had seen. Tourists watched masses of animals move through kill floors, a sight hailed as a miracle of modernity.
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Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far

August Engelhardt believed coconuts were a nutritional and spiritual panacea. So in 1902, he sailed to the South Pacific to start a utopian cult that survived only on the fruit. It ended calamitously.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Race, Justice And Finding A Voice In Local D.C. (Rebroadcast)

Long before Ta-Nehisi Coates' thoughts shaped nationwide conversations about race, justice and the black experience in America, he found his voice as a young writer in local D.C. and in the city where he grew up, Baltimore.

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Bookend: 'My First English Teacher Was Hip-Hop'

Kyle Dargan's newest and fourth collection of poetry, "Honest Engine," explores the mechanics of the heart and the mind with precise, sometimes brutal, language.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 3, 2015

Adults and children alike can enjoy two shows: one about a spelling contest and another based on famous children's books.

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'Triumph Of William McKinley' Speaks To The Ages, Karl Rove Says

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove about his book of history that he believes sheds light on politics today: the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley.
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Gloria Steinem Shares What She Learned 'On The Road'

At 81, Gloria Steinem is still going strong. The noted feminist has been on tour promoting a new book, My Life On The Road, which she insists is not a memoir.
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From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture — like the play Julius Caesar or the film Gladiator — rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR.
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No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

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