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What U.S. Learned From 'Heathen School' Wasn't Part Of The Lesson Plan

The 19th century, Connecticut school sought to convert young men from Hawaii, China, India and the Native American nations and then send them home as Christian missionaries. It did not go as planned.
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Cannibals And Colonialism: Solving The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller

The son of one of America's wealthiest families disappeared off the island of New Guinea in 1961. Writer Carl Hoffman explains how he thinks Rockefeller died and why the truth was kept hidden.
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Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'

In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.
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P.J. O'Rourke On Baby Boomers, Retirement And Nostalgia

Political satirist, journalist and frequent "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!'" panelist P.J. O'Rourke joins Kojo in studio.

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Novel Reflects Desperate But Futile Search For Answers

Inspired by the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, author Jonathan Evison recommends the novel Songs for the Missing, by Stewart O'Nan, as a book with something to say about mysterious disappearances.
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'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy and beyond, hip-hop has long been a culture to which young urban Muslims around the world can relate.
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A Tragic Disappearance (Mostly) Solved In 'Savage Harvest'

In a new book, journalist Carl Hoffman lays out the case that when Michael Rockefeller disappeared on an art-collecting trip to New Guinea in 1961, he was likely killed by the local Asmat people.
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Malaysia Flight 370 And The World's Attention

After a week spent searching for and wondering about the missing plane, author Alan Heathcock revisits the young adult novel Hatchet, and Jonathan Evison suggests Songs for the Missing.
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In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison

In their memoir Sliver of Light, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal explain how they were captured on a road that bordered Iran, accused of spying and imprisoned for two years.
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When You Befriend A Killer, You Can't Not Write About It

In 2008, Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led police on a week-long chase. Turned out he wasn't a Rockefeller at all, he was an impostor who happened to be friends with writer Walter Kirn.

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