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Gutter To The Stars: A Testosterone Fueled Romp

If someone's not being killed or beaten, he's being shaken down, spied on, bedded, or seduced in James Ellroy's American Tabloid. Author Adam Levin says it will have you admiring J. Edgar Hoover's sleazy connivances and cheering for the violent downfall of the Kennedys.
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What It's Like To Write A Woman's Life

Women's History Month starts on Thursday. All through March, Tell Me More will dig into inspiring, bold and sometimes disturbing stories of notable women — from Cleopatra to Coco Channel. To launch the biography series, host Michel Martin talks with two essayists about why it's important to tell women's stories, and how that storytelling has evolved.
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Putin Biography Chronicles Rise Of A 'Street Thug'

Media suppression, corruption and murder have marked the regime of Vladimir Putin, who is running for his third term as president in Russia's election next week. His rise to power is spelled out in journalist Masha Gessen's new book, The Man Without a Face.
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Two Books For Kids About How Hard It Is To Fit In

In February, the young readers in NPR's Backseat Book Club read a pair of books: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai. They were published 60 years apart but share similar themes about standing out, getting teased and being strong.
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The Power Of Memoirs, Biographies

In her weekly essay, host Michel Martin closes the book on Black History Month and looks ahead to Women's History Month. Tell Me More will bring a series of conversations with the authors of biographies about remarkable women.
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From Rural Farm To Capitol Hill, Step By Step

Bertie Bowman's Step by Step marks the final chapter of Tell Me More's Black History Month memoir series. Bowman was a farm worker in South Carolina, but a chance encounter with a senator brought him to the job of sweeping the Capitol steps. He now serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Bowman talks with host Michel Martin.
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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness.
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Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'

Angus Roxburgh, a British journalist who has been covering Russia for over two decades, offers a new look at the enigmatic Russian leader in The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia.

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