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Why America's Spies Struggle To Keep Up

In Intel Wars, historian Matthew Aid details how bureaucratic policies and a glut of raw data have weakened the intelligence community in its war against would-be terrorists.
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Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor interviewed more than 200 sources, including White House aides and friends of the Obamas, to paint a portrait of the first family's life inside the White House.
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Rin Tin Tin: A Silent Film Star On Four Legs

The orphaned German shepherd was found in the wreckage of a kennel during World War I. Writer Susan Orlean details how he became one of the biggest film stars of the silent era in Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend.
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Tina Fey On Life, Motherhood, Writing And Comedy

Fey's memoir Bossypants contains her thoughts on juggling motherhood, acting, writing and executive producing 30 Rock. Fey joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging conversation about her years in comedy and her 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.
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Barbara Lea: Remembering A Versatile Cabaret Singer

Lea first had success in 1955, with her album A Woman in Love, and was rediscovered in the late 1970s. She died last week at 82. Fresh Air remembers Lea with excerpts from a 1991 interview and in-studio performance.
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CEO Looks At A Veteran, Sees A Business Partner

In 2008, Richard Bennett had been out of the Marines for nearly three years, after being injured in Iraq. That's when he caught the attention of Craig Williams, who was looking for a partner to help expand his successful business.
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Tough Task Of Protecting America's Whistleblowers

Carolyn Lerner is hoping to bring the U.S. Office of Special Counsel out of its many years of obscurity within the federal government. The OSC aims to protect whistleblowers, eliminate government waste and protect federal workers from discrimination. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lerner, who's been heading OSC for six months.
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Pamela Adlon: From 'Hill' Kid To 'Californication'

The veteran voice-over actress, who played 12-year-old Bobby Hill on Fox's animated comedy King of the Hill, now co-stars in the raunchy Showtime drama.
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Exploring Stephen Hawking's 'Unfettered Mind'

The scientist is known as much for his contributions to theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity as for his willingness to make science accessible for the general public. His work is the topic of a new biography by science writer Kitty Ferguson.

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