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"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

First-time novelist Ayana Mathis got a big boost for her book "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. We talk with Mathis about her inspiration and the whirlwind of sudden fame.

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"The World Until Yesterday"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond on the many lessons we can learn from traditional cultures about universal issues like parenting, care of the elderly and conflict resolution.

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Vietnam Veterans Gather At Memorial For Its 30th Anniversary

Veterans and their families gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this weekend were touched by the words of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rick Shinseki, himself a Vietnam vet, who said that the soldiers in that war all came back changed. 

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Airmen Fought For Nation, But Also For Equality

A decade before the Civil Rights Movement gained significant steam, black airmen fought to desegregate an officer's club on an Air Force base in Indiana during World War II. Lt. Col.James C. Warren, who was there through it all, talked to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the experience.
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Arlington Undecided Over Reevesland's Future

Members of the Arlington County Board are considering whether to sell a historic property, or turn it into a learning center.

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Historic Tradesmen To Burn Bricks For Restoration Projects

About 20,000 bricks will be created and burnded for several historic restoration projects in Williamsburg.

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A Grim Chronicle Of China's Great Famine

For 10 years, journalist Yang Jinsheng secretly collected official evidence about the terrible famine in China a half-century ago. In his chilling book Tombstone — which is banned in his homeland — Yang estimates that 36 million people died of starvation and other causes during the famine, even as grain exports continued.
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The Art Of Chinese Propaganda

A treasure-trove of Mao-era propaganda posters is housed in an unmarked basement museum in Shanghai.

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