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'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007. Heraldo Munoz, who led the United Nations investigation into her death, portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and the circumstances of the killing in his new book.
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Tackling Race Head-On To Expose A 'Dreadful Deceit'

Author Jacqueline Jones argues that race is a social construct and that people should think twice before even using the word. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jones about her new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America.
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Rick Warren Writes A Faith-Based Diet Book

While baptizing 827 adults one day, evangelical pastor Rick Warren says he literally felt the weight of America's obesity problem. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Warren and psychiatrist and physician Daniel Amen about getting healthy and their new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.
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'Cry, The Beloved Country,' And Nelson Mandela

The novel published in 1948, months before apartheid was made law in South Africa, gives a haunting image of a truly divided society. Writer Kevin Roose says Cry, The Beloved Country, by white South African writer Alan Paton, paints a picture of the world Nelson Mandela grew up in.
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'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts The Comedy And Tragedy Of Exile

Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution. She discusses her latest collection of short stories, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons.
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Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories

When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word — but sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story, or more to a background character. NPR's Lynn Neary explores the fine old literary tradition of writing new stories based on existing books.
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Teddy Roosevelt, An Early Urban President

Theodore Roosevelt is known as many things: a naturalist, hunter, rough rider and, of course, president. A new book argues it was his time in Manhattan, not the West, that forged him into the politician and man we now read about in history books. Host Scott Simon talks with author Edward Kohn about his new book, Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt.
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Alan Weisman: "Countdown"

In "The World Without Us," journalist Alan Weisman explored what would happen to our planet if we were no longer living on it. Kojo talks to Weisman about his urgent and, ultimately, hopeful journey.

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The Man, The Myth, The Reading List: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa and famed leader of the anti-apartheid movement. Blogger and professor Sean Jacobs recommends three books that explore the leader's life and legacy in great detail.
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2013 Winter Reading

The weather outside has turned frightful, which means it's time to hunker down with a good book. We round up favorites from the year past and find out what you're reading now.

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