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Roving Eyes, Wandering Hands In 'How You Lose Her'

Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
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How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
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Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

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In 'House,' Erdrich Sets Revenge On A Reservation

After his mother is sexually assaulted, 13-year-old Joe Coutts is desperate for answers. But when both official and tribal investigations let him down, he takes matters into his own hands. Louise Erdrich pits justice against vengeance in her new novel, The Round House.
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Stacy London: Dangerous To Call Style Superficial

Stacy London is known for giving people life-changing makeovers on the hit TV show What Not To Wear. Now, she's out with a new book, The Truth About Style. Besides writing about why people should dress well, London talks about her struggle with self-esteem and how she found refuge in fashion. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee.
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Salman Khan: "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined"

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, talks about the current state of education and his efforts to provide a free online learning for anyone, anywhere.

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Boozy Birth Of The American Mafia In Lehane's Latest

Author Dennis Lehane says he has always loved the clothes, cars and movies of the Prohibition era — which might be why he has set his new novel there. Live By Night doesn't tell the usual Prohibition story about whiskey smugglers — instead it heads south to Florida for a gritty tale of rumrunning.
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India's Influential Journalist

Acclaimed novelist and muckraking journalist Tarun Tejpal joins Kojo to talk about corruption and the complexity of life in India.

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Housekeeping Tips From One Mercurial 'Mommy'

She's been known to drink a bottle of Kahlua in the bathtub while ignoring the knocks of her kids outside. She has no shame, and she swears an extremely blue streak. In his new novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, humorist Ian Frazier spends a year in the life of a temperamental housewife.

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