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For Would-Be Screenwriter, Enough False Starts To Fill A Book

There's a joke in LA that everyone — from your dog walker to your dry cleaner — is writing a screenplay. C.W. Neill pokes fun at that romantic Hollywood craft in This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs.
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"Citizen Canine" The Evolution of Our Pets

Cats and dogs have become such a part of the family fabric that in many households, they're akin to children. "Science" journalist David Grimm joins Kojo to talk about how our connections to pets are changing laws, industries, and lives.

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In A Funny New Novel, A Weary Professor Writes To 'Dear Committee Members'

Julie Schumacher's anti-hero pens recommendations for junior colleagues, lackluster students and former lovers. The novel deftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage.
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Author Explores Irony And Identity In 'A Chinaman's Chance'

Eric Liu, a former presidential speech writer, addresses in his book how his American identity is "completely infused by [his] Chinese-ness."
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Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, spent six years researching America's nuclear weapons. In Command and Control, he details explosions, false attack alerts and accidentally dropped bombs.
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WWII POWs Build A Deathly Railway In 'The Narrow Road'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Richard Flanagan, author of the new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
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Sept. 11 Changed Everything: Following 3 Women In The National Guard

In spring 2001, Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton signed up for the National Guard expecting just a few days of drills each month. Soldier Girls tells the stories of their deployments.
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'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.
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Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.
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In 'Dirty Work,' A Doctor Turns To Fiction To Talk About Abortion

Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.

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