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Did Author Amiri Baraka 'Remix' Who He Was?

Author Amiri Baraka sparked a lot of controversy with his writings — and those controversies were reignited with his recent passing. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and professor Mark Anthony Neal about Baraka's divisive career, and where he belongs in the larger context of American literature.
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How Do Leaders Deal With Failure?

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal recounts some tough lessons about leadership he gained from the front lines.
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How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.
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Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

What began as little more than a glorified metronome has worked its way into bedroom studios and state-of-the-art recording facilities alike. A new book chronicles the history and influence of the drum machine in all its wood- and plastic-paneled glory.
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Book Chronicles The Building Of Roger Ailes' Fox News Empire

Gabriel Sherman traces the beginning of Fox News' success back to its wall-to-wall coverage of Monica Lewinsky. He says, "Ratings during the Lewinsky scandal exploded more than 400 percent, so you saw instantly that there was a market for this type of ... television." Sherman's book is called The Loudest Voice In The Room.
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The Real Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch argues that while we invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s name frequently, few understand the principles he championed or the history of race relations in America.

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The History Of Black Barber Shops (Rebroadcast)

Modern black barber shops are civic, cultural and business institutions in many major cities. Their history, however, is complicated, shifting from places where only white men were served to the democratic social spaces of today in just over a century. We consider the political and social movements brought that change about and the role these shops play in communities now.

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"The Burglary:" The Inside Story Of FBI Surveillance (Rebroadcast)

A new book reveals the long-secret identities of the 1971 burglars who disclosed FBI documents that proved the agency was spying on black and anti-war activists.

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Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach

Lee is acclaimed for his realistic and historical fiction, but he's made a foray into the futuristic sci-fi genre with a new novel called On Such a Full Sea. Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan says sometimes it's better for writers to stick closer to familiar shores.
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'What Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

Security questions such as, "What's your mother's maiden name?" are easy to look up online. So for an extra layer of protection, author P.W. Singer advises making the answer something counterintuitive, like pizza.

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