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The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Neal Thompson's new biography traces the life of the newspaper cartoonist who became an international celebrity and media superstar. Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable shaped the way Americans saw the world.
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Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

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A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

When author Anthony Marra became interested in Chechnya, he realized there was no Western fiction rooted in the region -- something he set out to change. We talk with Marra, a D.C. native, about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."

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Hard Art: DC's Punk Scene 1979

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye on D.C.'s unique underground music scene.

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Making Peace With The Bible By Writing It Out Word For Word

Reading the Bible from cover to cover might seem like a heavy task. But what about writing it? Host Michel Martin speaks with Phillip Patterson, who is just two verses away from writing out the whole King James Bible. He talks about how he kept the faith in spite of loss and illness.
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Book News: Microsoft Rumored To Be Interested In Buying Nook

Also: rare footage of William Faulkner; drag and Virginia Woolf; and the art of translation.
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Could You Talk To A Caveman? Scientists Say It's Possible

Researchers at the University of Reading are speculating that today's languages share a common root dating as far back as the last Ice Age. Words like "mother," "man" and "ashes" are categorized as "ultraconserved," meaning they are survivors of a lost language from which many modern tongues are descended.

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