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A Mother And Son, And 'The Good Side Of Things'

Born in 1948 with spina bifida, Dennis McLaughlin was missing several vertebrae and unable to use his legs. His mother, Theresa, was a single mom, working in a paper mill near Portland, Maine. He interviewed her to thank her for how she raised him.
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Horse Racing: America's Most Dangerous Game?

Two reporters for The New York Times detail their monthslong investigation of America's racetracks. Since 2009, more than 6,600 horses have broken down or showed signs of injury at U.S. racetracks, a rate much higher than in other countries.
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Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In his new book, Moving the Mountain, Rauf calls for moderate Muslims to step up and marginalize the voices of extremists.
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Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.

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Fresh Air Remembers Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

Adam "MCA" Yauch, one of the group's founding members, died Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 47. Fresh Air remembers the raspy-voiced rapper with excerpts from a 2006 interview.
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Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At 'Girls'

The creator and star of HBO's new series Girls addresses the growing backlash against the show, which follows four 20-somethings as they navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City.
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Ex-NFL Player To Draft Picks: 'Your Privacy Is Gone'

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are the top two picks in this year's NFL draft. Former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson knows a thing or two about life in the limelight. He wrote an open letter to Luck and Griffin, and warned them that their "every breath will be a public affair."
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Fresh Air Weekend: Sissy Spacek, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Sissy Spacek recounts some of her favorite memories from the sets of movies such as Coal Miner's Daughter, Badlands and Carrie in a new memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. Also, Julia Louis-Dreyfus talks about her roles in Seinfeld and Veep.

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