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Pulitzer Prize Winner Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62

Novelist Oscar Hijuelos was the first Latino writer to win the prize for fiction, for his second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. He died over the weekend at age 62. David Greene talks to author Gustavo Perez Firmat, who is a Columbia University professor and was a friend of Hijuelos.
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David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'

David Dinkins served as New York City's first African-American mayor. But his rise through the political ranks came with hard-learned lessons. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Mayor Dinkins about his book, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic. This segment initially aired September 2, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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'Coming Clean' About Growing Up In A Hoarding Household

Kimberly Rae Miller grew up among piles of junk. Doors wouldn't close, stacks of paper turned to sludge, and the pool was filled with brown muck. Her father was a hoarder — in the most extreme kind of way. Host Michel Martin talks to Miller about how she coped, which is detailed in her memoir, Coming Clean. This segment initially aired July 29, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Turow Explores Mystical Connections In 'Identical'

Scott Turow says some recent research in a case with DNA evidence inspired the plot of his new thriller, Identical. He tells host Rachel Martin about his interest in twins.
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(Cabbage) Heads Will Roll: How To Make A Food Network 'From Scratch'

The Food Network was intended for cooks, but it wasn't run by them. In a new tell-all book, Allen Salkin takes an unsparing look at the channel's progression from struggling cable startup to global powerhouse, and the people who rose and fell along the way.
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The Surprising Story of 'Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an'

Author Denise Spellberg's book draws parallels between the beliefs of the founding father and religious tolerance in the United States today.
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Aminatta Forna: "The Hired Man"

Author Aminatta Forna is known for work -- fiction and non -- based in Sierra Leone, her father's homeland. Her latest novel is, instead, based in Croatia where she examines the questions that plague a community after a period of civil strife. Kojo talks with Forna about healing, hunting and gentrification in "The Hired Man."

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Malcolm Gladwell: "David And Goliath"

The author of "The Tipping Point," "Blink" and "Outliers" joins Kojo to talk about his new book, "David and Goliath: Undergods, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."

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Cocktails With "The Drunken Botanist"

Cocktails are full of plants, from spirits made with them to the mixers and garnishes that finish them off. We talk to author and gardener Amy Stewart and D.C. bartender Owen Thomson about the botanical elements in some favorite cocktails, obvious and unexpected alike.

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Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. She was held for nine months and forced to act as her captor's second wife. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her new memoir and her Mormon faith, which played a big part in her story.

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