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'Secret Heroes'

We take a look a remarkable and colorful stories of untold heroes finally getting their due.

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Pulitzer Jurors Are Shocked That No Fiction Prize Was Awarded

One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.
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Not Since 1977: No Pulitzer Awarded For Fiction

The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Monday, but not for fiction. The field had been narrowed to three finalists. Lynn Neary talks with Pulitzer fiction juror Susan Larson about why no prize was awarded in that category.
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A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

Zach Houston makes a living on the streets of San Francisco by composing poems on a manual typewriter. Give him a topic, and he'll pound out a poem in a matter of minutes — hopefully for a donation that will help him stay in business.
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For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep

Kazuo Ueda toiled quietly in southern Japan for two decades in a quest both impressive and quixotic: compiling the world's first Yiddish-Japanese dictionary. It's the first time the Jewish language has been translated into a non-European language other than Hebrew.
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Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The 2012 Pulitzer Prizes were announced by Columbia University on Monday. Among the reporting winners are the staff of the Tuscaloosa News for its coverage of a tornado that ripped through the city last year, and Sara Ganim and the staff of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., for breaking the Penn State sex scandal. There was no fiction prize awarded this year.
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Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries

In his new book, Heaven on Earth, English barrister Sadakat Kadri describes how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the Shariah laws that would govern how Muslim people lead their daily lives. He then reflects on the present day, describing how today's religious scholars interpret the Shariah.
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A Father And Son Go On Their Last 'Odyssey' Together

When author Daniel Mendelsohn decided to retrace one of the most epic journeys of Greek literature, he went with his father, Jay. Much like the travels of Odysseus himself, their journey was punctuated with unlikely encounters and uncanny coincidences.

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