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'Man In The Middle': Between Faith And Politics

Tim Goeglein worked as a staffer in the George W. Bush White House for nearly eight years. In his new book, The Man in the Middle, Goeglein describes his tenure and the role of religious faith in politics.
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He Murdered His Friends, Now 'Iago' Moves On

Shakespeare's Iago is one of the great defining villains of literature. He masquerades as a friend, which disguises his schemes to manipulate, betray and destroy. Host Scott Simon talks with author David Snodin, whose new book, Iago, fills in what happened after Iago masterminded the murders of his wife, Othello and Desdemona.
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'Glory Be' A Tale Of The South For Young Adults

Eleven-year-old Gloriana Hamphill, known as Glory, feels like she's about to have the worst summer of her life. It's 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss., a year that will teach her about bigotry, loyalty and bravery. Former librarian Augusta Scattergood talks with host Scott Simon about her first young adult fiction novel, Glory Be.
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Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel Discuss 'Lunatics'

Robert Siegel talks to authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel about their comic novel Lunatics. It tells the story through the voices of the two main characters: Philip Horkman is a happy man — the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays, he's a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives — pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.
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Tina Fey On Life, Motherhood, Writing And Comedy

Fey's memoir Bossypants contains her thoughts on juggling motherhood, acting, writing and executive producing 30 Rock. Fey joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about her years in comedy and her 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
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Barnes & Noble Explores Separating Nook Business

Barnes & Noble's stock took a tumble Thursday after the bookseller announced that it is thinking about separating its Nook e-readers from the rest of its business. Separation could be a good thing if it just means the tablet business will be independently managed.
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'Spy': A Nuclear Caper, With A Nod From Clinton

In Thomas Caplan's latest novel, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen, Ty Hunter, a spy-turned-movie star, is called back to service at the U.S. president's behest. The book is Caplan's third work of fiction, and an early draft got a little editing help from the real-life ex-president.
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Growing Up Muslim And Midwestern In 'Dervish'

Playwright and author Ayad Akhtar draws from his own childhood in Wisconsin to tell the story of a 10-year-old Pakistani-American's romantic and religious awakening.
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Presidential Election Of 1912 Saw Viable Third Party

Robert Siegel talks with Sidney Milkis, author of Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy, about the U.S. presidential election of 1912 — when there was a viable third party on the ballot: the Bull Moose Party.

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