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Quest For The Holy Doughnut, And The First Dessert

What's the oldest known dessert? According to a new book by author Michael Krondl, it's a fruitcake-like recipe from ancient Mesopotamia. India gave the world refined sugar — and doughnuts fried in sacred ghee. Krondl leads a sweet journey through the history of dessert.
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'Ten Letters': What Americans Tell Obama

The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.
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Readings From Three-Minute Fiction: Round 7

We received 3,400 original stories in this round of Three-Minute Fiction. Until the winner is announced next month, we'll be reading a few of the stories that catch our eyes. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Robert Smith introduces the stories "The Weatherby" by Nicholas Googins of Waltham, Massachusetts, and "Turnover" by Margaret Friedman of Seattle, Washington.
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Modern Horror Defined By Edgy Realism Of The 1970s

By the late 1960s, classic horror movies pioneered by Vincent Price and Boris Karloff had run out of steam. What took their place was something different, edgier and altogether more terrifying.
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'Turquoise Palace' A True Political Murder Mystery

On Sept. 17, 1992, a group of Iranian and Kurdish opposition leaders were assassinated in a Greek restaurant in Berlin. Despite pressures to keep the investigation at the lowest possible level, a German prosecutor unraveled a tangle of threads that led to Iran's Supreme Leader himself. Host Scott Simon speaks with Roya Hakakian, author of the new book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.
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Sports From 'The Onion': A New Book Explores 'The Ecstasy Of Defeat'

The Onion is best-known for its straightforward news coverage, but it also has a thriving sports division that has a new book out.
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The 'Blue Horse' That Inspired A Children's Book

Even if you don't know the name Eric Carle, his work has probably made you smile. The new book from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about an artist who, like the author, enjoys stepping out of the box.
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Book Review: 'Assumption'

Assumption is a new novel from Percival Everett. A distinguished academic in the field of literature, Everett is also an accomplished writer of fiction.

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