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Each of us has a sense of who we are. But is identity assigned at birth? Shaped by circumstance? Or is it something we choose, that changes over time? This hour, TED speakers describe their journeys to answer the question: who am I?
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At 75 She's Doing Fine, Kids Still Love Their 'Madeline'

Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, Marciano would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage, Miss Clavel is not a nun, and Madeline isn't French.
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Canada's Alice Munro Awarded Nobel In Literature

On Thursday, Alice Munro became the 110th winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, and only the 13th woman to win the award in more than a century. The Canadian writer was hailed by the Swedish Academy as a "master of the contemporary short story." Over a four-decade career, Munro has written 14 collections of stories and one novel.
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After Getting 'Plunked' On The Head, A Little Leaguer Makes A Comeback

A young baseball player who gets hit by a fastball must find the courage to step back up to the plate. Michael Northrop, the author of Plunked, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles — he's dyslexic, and he says that learning to read was a real struggle when he was a kid: "I can't read fast. I can read carefully, though."
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Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals for original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast-food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.
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Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin

For centuries, the memory of Jane Franklin has languished in brother Benjamin's shadow. While Ben is on currency and splashed across textbooks, Jane's life of curiosity and hardship has been forgotten. In Book of Ages, historian Jill Lepore draws a portrait of one of the American Revolution's "little women."
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Alice Munro, 'Master' Of The Short Story, Wins Literature Nobel

Munro's short-story collections include Dance of the Happy Shades, The Moons of Jupiter and, most recently, Dear Life. The author, who has been writing for more than 60 years, is only the 13th woman to win the prize.
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Rep. Gutierrez: I Am A Product Of The Civil Rights Movement

Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez's life has been marked by arrests, no-holds-barred Chicago-style political fighting, and even the occasional Molotov cocktail thrown through his window. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and new memoir Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill.
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Canadian Alice Munro Wins Nobel's Literature Prize

Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story," has won the Nobel Prize in Literature," the Royal Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning. In 2009, she won the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime work.
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Literary Establishment Fails To Acknowledge Certain Authors

When the Nobel Prize for literature is announced, there are some writers who automatically know they didn't make the short list. Some popular writers who make a lot of money believe there is a conspiracy against non-literary writers.

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