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Mapping Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Our region's early history through a new book featuring the most extensive map collection of Virginia's first 300 years.

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"In the Shadow of the Banyan" (Rebroadcast)

Author Vaddey Ratner has written a novel based on her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge as a way to honor the memory of those, including her father, who did not survive. We talk with her about making peace with the past and moving forward with purpose.

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Dinaw Mengestu On The African Immigrant Experience (Rebroadcast)

The acclaimed novelist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu discusses his writing, his heritage and the immigrant experience.

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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her" (Rebroadcast)

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Kitchen Gifting: Best Cookbooks And Gadgets

However you celebrate, it's likely the holiday season brings two certainties: gifts and food. So how can you go wrong with a combination of the two?

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Walking Through Life As A 'Pastor'

Saturday on weekends on All Things Considered, host Guy Raz spoke with Pastor Eugene Peterson about his keeping faith in times of tragedy. Due to an overwhelming response from the audience following that conversation, the show is airing a rebroadcast of his initial interview with host Guy Raz from 2011. In that interview, Peterson talked about his memoir, The Pastor. (This piece initially aired March 6, 2011 on weekends on All Things Considered.)
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No Orcs Allowed: Hobbit House Brings Middle-Earth To Pa.

At the request of a lifelong Lord of the Rings fan, architect Peter Archer has built a cottage modeled after those of the Shire. Like any good hobbit-hole, this dwelling was built for sitting comfortably and imagining great adventures — but it took a lot of skill to put together.
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In Nigeria, 'A Very Jewish ... Very African' Community

The Jewish Igbo may not be recognized by Israel's rabbinate, but that doesn't stop them from being devoted to their faith. William Miles, who wrote about them in the book Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey, talks with Michel Martin about celebrating Hanukkah in Abuja.
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The Year's Best Science Fiction Crosses Galaxies And Genres

From post-apocalyptic character studies to speculative paleontology, reviewer Annalee Newitz says this year's best science fiction stretches boundaries and crosses genres. She also sees a strong resurgence in political themes, with a focus on civilizations on the brink of transformation or collapse.

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