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Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within'

In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
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The Artistry Of 'Children's Picturebooks' Revealed

Children's books seem simple, but good ones are deceptively complicated to write and illustrate. The images and the text depend on each other, and author Martin Salisbury says it's quite a challenge to condense a story into just 32 pages while maintaining simplicity and elegance.
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Three-Minute Fiction

More than 6,000 original stories were submitted to this round of Three-Minute Fiction. Host Guy Raz presents this week's stand-out stories: Rid Yourself of this Pest Today! by Elizabeth "Bitsy" Hawes Unangst and Just In Case by Robin McCarthy.
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India: A Country In The Midst Of Change

When Akash Kapur returned to India after more than a decade of living in the United States, he returned to a place he hardly recognized. He chronicles some of those changes in his book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India.
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Our Roaring 20s: 'The Defining Decade'

Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
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Wartime Translator Explores Her 'Father's Country'

Saima Wahab left Afghanistan for the United States as a young girl, but she returned to her home country as a Pashto translator for the U.S. military. In her memoir In My Father's Country, Wahab describes the difficulty of straddling two nations at war.
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'Jumped In': Love, Life And Violence In L.A. Gangs

The violence in Los Angeles was explosive in 2002 when crisis intervention expert Jorja Leap ventured into the city's most gang-saturated territories. The stories of the gang members she met are part of her new book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.
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'Steinbeck In Vietnam': A Great Writer's Last Reports

The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64. John Steinbeck's dispatches shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.
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The Artful Reinvention Of Klansman Asa Earl Carter

Since its first publication in 1976, The Education of Little Tree has sold more than 1 million copies. But the book and its author are not what they seem. That's because before Forrest Carter became a Cherokee novelist, he was Asa Earl Carter, a Ku Klux Klan organizer and segregationist.

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