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"Why Have Kids?": Making Motherhood Optional

Feminist author Jessica Valenti takes an honest look at the choices women face when it comes to having -- or not having -- kids.

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Personal Reflections On Gone With The Wind

Two authors, Jesmyn Ward and Jodi Picoult, explain how Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind changed their lives as teenagers.
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A Lifetime Of Love In 'My Husband And My Wives'

Charles Rowan Beye has been married three times — to two women and a man. Now, over age 80, he looks back on his life and asks, "What was that all about?" Critic Maureen Corrigan says Beye's memoir, subtitled "A Gay Man's Odyssey," is a complex, poignant addition to the sexual canon.
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DC Public Libraries

Amid fanfare over the many new and renovated libraries around the District, debate continues over what to do with the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by modern master Mies van der Rohe.

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Sheila Bair: "Bull by the Horns"

Sheila Bair describes the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath as she saw it during her time as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She explains why the U.S. financial system is still at risk and tougher regulatory reform is needed.

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Kevin Powers: "The Yellow Birds"

Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers' new novel "The Yellow Birds" takes us into the minds and lives of two young soldiers. He describes their complex emotions on the battlefield and at home.

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Three-Minute Fiction Deadline

The deadline for entries for this round of the Three-Minute Fiction contest is 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday. Three-Minute Fiction judge Brad Meltzer is looking for an original short story that revolves around a U.S. president — fictional or real — in under 600 words. Listeners can submit their story online at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction.

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