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E.L. Doctorow: "Homer and Langley" (Rebroadcast)

Writer E.L. Doctorow died this week at the age of 84. We rebroadcast Diane’s 2009 conversation with the best-selling author on his book, “Homer and Langley."

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Buddhist Diet For A Clear Mind: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

In South Korea, Buddhist temple food is viewed the way spa food is in the U.S.: curative, cleansing, perhaps even medicinal. Buddhist nuns have preserved these cooking techniques for 1,600 years.
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University In U.K. Finds Muhammad-Era Quran Pages Among Its Possessions

The manuscript is one of the earliest versions of Islam's holy book to survive. Radiocarbon analysis dates the parchment on which the text is written to between the years 568 and 645.
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Quran Fragments Found In U.K. Library Are Among Oldest In The World

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Susan Worrall, the special collections director of the University of Birmingham's Cadbury Research Library, where the fragments were discovered.
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A Deadly Shooting In Tennessee And The Threat Of Domestic Terrorism

As investigators look into the motives and connections of the Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen who attacked two military centers in Tennessee, we hear the latest on the deadly shooting and the threat of domestic terrorism.

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Pastor's Daughter Taps Into The 'Spicy Stuff' To Help Save Marriages

DiShan Washington, former wife of a pastor, is a writer of what she calls "Christian erotica." She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about trying to help Christians approach sex with a more open mind.
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In Northern Ireland, 'Terror Gets Old,' But Divisions Linger

A new documentary looks at the lives of some who took part in Northern Ireland's sectarian conflict, which lasted 30 years. Many are in their 60s now, grappling with their roles in a violent past.
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At Virginia Mosque, Time Of Celebration Marred By Vandalism

At the Manassas Muslim Association, the days leading up to Eid — marking the end of Ramadan — have been marked with concern.
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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

Religious colleges worry that if they stick to their convictions, they may lose tax-exempt status. That happened to Bob Jones University in 1983 because it continued to prohibit interracial dating.
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"The Orphan Sky"

Singer, composer, and- most recently- author Ella Leya was born in Communist Azerbaijan and received asylum in the United States in 1990. Leila, the main character of her new novel "The Orphan Sky" shares a similar story. We talk with the first-time novelist about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

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