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Meet 'Ivan': The Gorilla Who Lived In A Shopping Mall

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan was inspired by a real-life gorilla who lived in a mall in Tacoma, Wash. The author says humans have "a real obligation" to care responsibly for animals in captivity.
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Comedy Writer Mines Parenting Gold For Blog, Book

Adrian Kulp has gone from working in the Hollywood entertainment world to blogging as a dad. Now those two worlds are about to come together.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Fatherhood

In honor of Father's Day, we've dedicated a show to dads.


How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

When parents aren't sure how to approach a difficult subject, they sometimes turn to other media — and Linda Ellerbee is happy to lend a hand. She's been the host of Nickelodeon's NickNews for 22 years, and her one rule of thumb is don't dumb it down.

Book News: Inmate Fights For His Right To Read Werewolf Erotica

Also: Donald Hall's life in beards, Kenn Nesbitt to be the next Children's Poet Laureate.

With Space-Bound Hubbies, 'Astrowives' Became 'First Reality Stars'

On April 9,1959, the U.S. introduced its first astronauts, and then launched their wives into the spotlight. In The Astronaut Wives Club, Lily Koppel looks at how seven women coped with the attention and anxiety that came with being married to the space race.

Book News: Illinois School Board Restores 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

Also: A comic book for the blind; Salvador Dali's great, trippy Alice in Wonderland illustrations.

Book Review: 'The Sweet Girl'

Alan Cheuse revisits the writing of Anabel Lyon. He says her second novel in the world of Aristotle, The Sweet Girl, does not disappoint.