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On July 4, A Celebration Of Walt Whitman's Irreverent Hymnal

For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing.
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Designing The Perfectly Architectural Ice Cream Sandwich

NPR's Renee Montagne visited Coolhaus Ice Cream Shop in Southern California to find out what architecture and frozen desserts have in common, and how to stack up a mean ice cream sandwich.
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David Tomas Martinez Turns Hustle In The Street To Poetry On The Page

Before writing the poems that make up Hustle, Martinez was hustling for a long time. His work dips into his teenage years running with a gang, his enlistment in the Navy, and his turn to poetry.
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"The Stager" by Susan Coll

Local author Susan Coll talks with Kojo about her satirical take on relationships and real estate in her new novel 'The Stager.'

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The Late Walter Dean Myers Wrote In The Language Of Teens

Myers' young adult novels talked about the tough realities of urban life in language that made teens stop and listen. He won almost every award for YA literature during the course of his career.
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Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Zamperini, whose life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, survived the brutality of a Japanese POW camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific during World War II.
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Vroom, Vroom, Hmmmm: Motorcycles As Literary Metaphor

Motorcycles provide an open road for literature, a device writers can use to talk about adventure, rebellion, even inner peace. NPR's Mandalit del Barco gets some reading ideas from actual bikers.
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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Myers captured what it was like to be young and black while growing up in the city. As he often said, he wrote books he would have wanted to read as a kid. Myers died after a brief illness. He was 76.
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Addiction Battled Ambition For Reporter Caught In D.C.'s Crack Epidemic

In the early '90s, Ruben Castaneda was a crime reporter for The Washington Post, and an addict who bought crack on the very streets he wrote about. His new book is called S Street Rising.
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A Writer Who Defied The System In 'The Zhivago Affair'

In their new book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvee explain the fraught history behind the Russian novel, Doctor Zhivago. And they tell the story of Boris Pasternak, the novel's brave author.

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