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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Doomed' War On New York Vice

When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
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A Book Gets New Life After Movie's Buzz

Lionel Shriver's The New Republic is an earlier novel that was rejected by publishers. It's getting a warmer reception after a much-buzzed-about movie was made of her book, We Need To Talk About Kevin. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with the author.
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Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' Of Eugene O'Neill

Exorcism -- an early Eugene O'Neill play about suicide, divorce and alcoholism — was thought to be lost for good. But a manuscript recently turned up in an estate sale, and a revival has been staged. But is it ethical to stage a play O'Neill himself wanted to be forgotten?
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Secrets And Lies Overseas In 'The Expats'

Author Chris Pavone's new thriller follows a former CIA assassin who tries to put her past behind her and make a new life with her husband in Luxembourg. Needless to say, things don't go as planned.
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Three-Minute Fiction: The Deadline Approaches

In Round 8 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest, listeners were given this challenge: Begin a story with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally decided to walk through the door." And, as always, the story must be 600 words or less. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday.
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From Page To Screen: Hollywood Targets YA Fiction

With this weekend's release of The Hunger Games, so begins another blockbuster movie based on a series of young-adult literature. Critc Bob Mondello considers the relatively short history of Hollywood's new popular habit of targeting pre-teens at the box office.
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'The Big Con': If You Can't Avoid It, Avenge It

When con men took off with Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet's fortune, he turned con man himself in the hopes of stealing his money back. In The Mark Inside, Amy Reading shares one of the strangest stories in the history of the swindle.
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Readers' Review: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

For our April Readers’ Review: a woman’s journey to self-discovery in the late 1800's. Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” so disturbed readers when it first came out it was banned. Now it’s considered a feminist landmark.

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Spiders And Fighting And Trees, Oh My: Filming 'The Hunger Games'

Star Jennifer Lawrence and director Gary Ross talk about shooting their new film, The Hunger Games. Lawrence underwent grueling training and braved on-set spiders to make Katniss Everdeen come to life.

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