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Mamma Mia! A Mother Tougher Than The Godfather

Mario Puzo isn't known for his strong female characters — but if you've read his pre-Godfather work, The Fortunate Pilgrim, you might think otherwise. Author Zoe Ferraris recommends this book, which is based on Puzo's own mother. Do you have a favorite literary matriarch? Tell us in the comments.
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'Secret Heroes' (Rebroadcast)

Hercules Mulligan saved George Washington's life TWICE - but you likely don't know his name. Kojo celebrate the lives of untold heroes who helped shape American history, yet were left out of most history books.

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Christopher Moore on Twisted Realities and History with Humor (Rebroadcast)

Christopher Moore's latest irreverent tale takes readers on a romp through nineteenth-century Paris, in the company of the most famous artists of the time.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: It's 'Common Sense'

Parents should be paying very close attention to the digital media their children are using, says child advocate James Steyer. "Young people in particular often self-reveal before they self-reflect," he says. "There is no eraser button today for youthful indiscretion."
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Mohammed Hanif On Secrets And Lies In Pakistan

The journalist turns to fiction to tell Pakistan's hardest truths. His first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, investigated the death of dictator Zia-ul-Haq; and his latest, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, looks at the fate of women and minorities in the country.
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Happy Feet: Tips For Healthier Running

Have you thought about switching to barefoot running? New York Times exercise columnist Gretchen Reynolds did — and promptly injured herself. She details what she did wrong — and how to keep your own feet healthy — in her new book, The First 20 Minutes.
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I Vs. We: The 'Heart' Of Our Political Differences

For years, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. says that Americans historically have prized communitarianism just as much. In Our Divided Political Heart, Dionne argues that America is at its best when it balances the two.
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'It Worked For Me': Life Lessons From Colin Powell

If you're looking for advice on leadership, it's good to start with a four-star general. In his new memoir, former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers advice and anecdotes drawn from his childhood in the Bronx and his military career — and reflects candidly about the lead-up to the Iraq war.

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