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The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes

For years, former sports agent Josh Luchs provided money and other benefits to college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules. He comes clean in a new memoir, Illegal Procedure.
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Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

The popular MSNBC host talks about her start in broadcasting, her life and her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, in which she argues that America's national defense has become disconnected from public oversight.
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'Mysterious Benedict': Solve A Puzzle, Save The World

Puzzle-solving genius kids form a pint-size crime-fighting Mod Squad in this month's Backseat Book Club pick. Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society, takes questions from young readers about the book's twists, turns and creative conundrums.
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A Doctor's Quest To Offer The 'Best Care' At Life's End

While nearly everyone hopes to die peacefully at home, 30 percent of Americans die in nursing homes and more than half in hospitals. In his book The Best Care Possible, Dr. Ira Byock argues that the way most Americans die is a national disgrace that will get much worse as baby boomers age.
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Real Influences Behind Fictional Hot Time Swingers

The novel Half-Blood Blues explores the plight of black musicians living in Germany on the cusp of World War II. Guest host Jacki Lyden takes listeners on a musical journey through some of the sounds that might have been heard in the fictional clubs of Esi Edugyen's award-winning novel.
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Jazz, Race Collide With War In 1930s Europe

The novel Half Blood Blues explores an often overlooked slice of history: black jazz musicians in Germany on the eve of World War II. The book moves from 1992 to 1939, from Baltimore to Berlin to Paris. It's told by an elderly black jazz musician and his friend who survived the war. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with author Esi Edugyan.
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Teddy Roosevelt's 'Doomed' War On New York Vice

When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
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A Book Gets New Life After Movie's Buzz

Lionel Shriver's The New Republic is an earlier novel that was rejected by publishers. It's getting a warmer reception after a much-buzzed-about movie was made of her book, We Need To Talk About Kevin. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with the author.
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Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' Of Eugene O'Neill

Exorcism -- an early Eugene O'Neill play about suicide, divorce and alcoholism — was thought to be lost for good. But a manuscript recently turned up in an estate sale, and a revival has been staged. But is it ethical to stage a play O'Neill himself wanted to be forgotten?
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Secrets And Lies Overseas In 'The Expats'

Author Chris Pavone's new thriller follows a former CIA assassin who tries to put her past behind her and make a new life with her husband in Luxembourg. Needless to say, things don't go as planned.

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