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Glenn Greenwald: NSA Believes It Should Be Able To Monitor All Communication

The journalist, who received a cache of highly classified documents, says no one disputes that the security agency should be reading emails from al-Qaida, but the system has become too powerful.
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For Artistic Criminal, Breaking Rules Is Key To 'Creativity'

Performer Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, says the difference between the average criminal and an artistic one is that the former takes and the latter gives.
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Mothers, The Rich Emotional Centers Of The Movies

From Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich to Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, moms make the movies. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Corliss about his new book that looks at iconic screen mothers.
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'Snow In May': The Lives Of Magadan, Gateway To The Gulag

Kseniya Melnik's debut collection of short stories portrays life in Magadan, Russia, a town notorious for it's Gulag labor camps. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melnik about her book, Snow in May.
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On Income Inequality: A French Economist Vs. An American Capitalist

Thomas Piketty says governments must impose heavy taxes to break up concentrations of wealth. Edward Conard says governments should cut taxes to encourage wealthy people to pursue even bigger profits.
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Seeing The Whole Picture In We'll Go To 'Coney Island'

In a collection of old photos, Barbara Scheiber spotted her father and his mistress on the Coney Island boardwalk. She talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her new book, We'll Go to Coney Island.
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In A Changing Climate, Science Fiction Starts To Feel Real

In response to The White House's new report on climate change, author Lev Grossman has some recommended reading. It's a novel called The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
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Glenn Greenwald: State Surveillance And The Snowden Story

Kojo sits down with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald to talk about his role in breaking news from documents stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Kojo asks what's next in this groundbreaking story, and learns about the impact Greenwald's reporting has had on journalism and our security.

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Remembering Author Farley Mowat, Who 'Wore His Kilt Dangerously'

Canadian writer Farley Mowat has died at the age of 92. The prolific author published 45 books, perhaps the most popular of which was Never Cry Wolf.
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Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.

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