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A Conversation With Berkeley Breathed, Creator of the "Bloom County" Comic Strip

The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" on the revival of his beloved comic strip after a 25-year hiatus and a new book about the origins of Bill The Cat.

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'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

Back in the days of the Space Race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.
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Before 'Humans Of New York,' Studs Terkel Showed Dignity In Every People In 'Working'

Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
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'Working' Then And Now: Studs Terkel's Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

All this week on NPR, you'll hear the voices of people Studs Terkel interviewed in his book, Working. Among the interviews you'll hear this week are a telephone operator and hotel piano player.
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Depicting Sexual Predators As Villains In Fiction Is Tricky

Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.
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'Let There Be Laughter': Modern Jewish Jokes Poke At Assimilation

Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.
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Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: 'No Doubt I've Gotten A Million Things Wrong'

Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting pages because "there was something untrue about them." Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2015.
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'Darktown' Imagines What It Was Like For Atlanta's First Black Policemen

In 1948, eight African-American men joined Atlanta's police force. Those pioneer officers — who couldn't drive squad cars or even step foot in headquarters — inspired Thomas Mullen's new novel.
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Food For Thought: "Karma And The Art Of Butter Chicken"

Kojo chats with food writer Monica Bhide on her new novel and how culture connects her family's history in India with her present life in the Washington region.

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At White House, A Golden Moment For America's Great Artists And Patrons

Two dozen luminaries — from Terry Gross to Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to Louise Glück — got laurels Thursday, as President Obama awarded the National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals.

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