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Writer Mat Johnson On 'Loving Day' And Life As A 'Black Boy' Who Looks White

As a biracial child growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson identified as black, but looked white. His latest novel is about a man returning to his childhood home. Originally broadcast June 29, 2015.
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In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut'

The D.C. public library has hidden books throughout the city in stores, libraries and cafes. They're covered in black dust jackets with labels like FILTHY, TRASHY and PROFANE. Can you find all six?
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The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says Blood at the Root author Patrick Phillips.
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The Story Behind The Rise Of ADHD In The United States

An investigative journalist traces the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in the United States.

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Colson Whitehead, John Lewis, Rita Dove Among National Book Award Nominees

And then there were 40: This week, the National Book Foundation revealed the writers who are still in contention for its literary prize. It capped the rollout Thursday with the fiction nominees.
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Why Abby Wambach Doesn't Want To Be Known 'Just As A Soccer Player'

Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is Forward.
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A First Year College Student Finds Himself Outclassed In 'Loner'

Teddy Wayne's new novel begins as a sharply observed novel of manners, but quickly mutates into a classic tale of obsession. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Loner a powerful suspense story.
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Oxford English Dictionary Updates With 6 Dahl Words

Children's author Roald Dahl would have turned 100 this week. To celebrate, the OED added 6 words and expressions from Dahl's writing. For example: golden ticket, Oompa Loompa and Scrumdiddlyumptious.
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Man Booker Spotlights Novelists New To The Award's Short List

Organizers have revealed the six authors still in the British literary competition. It's the first time five of them have been in the last round. The prize is 50,000 pounds and often better sales.
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Scholar Akhil Reed Amar On Turning To The Constitution To Confront The Issue Of Our Time

Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar likes to call himself a constitutional journalist - someone in the unique position to understand and interpret the biggest issues of our day through the lens of the Constitution. His new book is "The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era".

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