Richard M. Nixon, then seeking the Republican presidential nomination, addresses an audience in Oregon in May 1968.
September 30, 2010 Writer Mark Feldstein says muckraking columnist Jack Anderson cut ethical corners to get Nixon exposes, and the president responded with fury. He recounts surprising details of the long-running battle between the journalist and the politician in Poisoning the Press.
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September 30, 2010 Young-ha Kim's latest thriller, Your Republic Is Calling You, is about a North Korean spy living covertly in Seoul for two decades — when he's suddenly called to return to Pyongyang. Critic John Powers says the suspenseful novel offers a gripping look inside modern Korean culture.
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September 29, 2010 Actress Marlo Thomas grew up surrounded by comedy legends, from her father, Danny Thomas, to George Burns and Bob Hope. Thomas shares her comedic roots and asks today's top comedians how they "found their funny" in her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story And The Story Of Funny..
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Traders gather on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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September 29, 2010 Economist Robert Reich argues that the economy isn't going to get moving again until we address a fundamental problem: the growing concentration of wealth and income among the richest Americans. He explains his fears for America's economic recovery in Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future.
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September 29, 2010 Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story America's Great Migration.” Wilkerson’s book explores the courageous journeys of African-Americans from the Jim Crow south to the north, west, and other areas of America. Last time, Wilkerson explained why African-Americans left, and how difficult it was to do so. Now, she explains what happened once African-Americans reached their respective destinations.
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September 29, 2010 In fiction, Dominick Dunne's posthumous novel skewers the Manhattan elite he covered for Vanity Fair, while Wicked author Gregory Maguire reimagines "The Little Match Girl." In nonfiction, Ron Paul argues we should End the Fed, while a historian shows how Homer's view of war still rings true.
September 28, 2010 Mark Feldstein's gripping new account of the long-running rivalry between Richard Nixon and columnist Jack Anderson examines what is likely the all-time low point in American journalist-politician relations. His analysis of their relationship is even-handed, and hard to put down.
Busts of Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemaic monarchs, on exhibit at The British Museum in London.
September 28, 2010 Antony and Cleopatra are among history's most famous lovers. The story of their affair, their war, their defeat and, finally, their suicides has been told and retold for centuries. Now, Adrian Goldsworthy, author of Antony and Cleopatra, uncovers the couple's true story.
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Rick Meyerowitz's The Mona Gorilla was featured on the cover of the National Lampoon's March 1971 issue.
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September 28, 2010 In the spring of 1970, a daring new product hit American newsstands. It was called National Lampoon, and it made its name with sex- and drug-laden satire of everyday American life. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is Lampoon contributor Rick Meyerowitz's account of the magazine's best years.
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September 28, 2010 The humorist, who made his name with personal essays and other nonfiction, tells Steve Inskeep that his return to fiction kept taking him to surprising places. But the unhappy endings? Those he could have predicted.
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Irish playwright and novelist Emma Donoghue is also the author of the novels The Sealed Letter, Stir Fry, Hood and Slammerkin. Her latest novel, Room, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
September 27, 2010 Emma Donoghue's captivating novel Room is narrated by a 5-year-old boy named Jack. The setting is an 11-by-11-foot room where he lives with his mother — and when the book begins, it is the only world he has ever known.
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September 27, 2010 When Michele Norris set out to write a book about race in America, she uncovered a family secret: her father had been shot by a white police officer in Jim Crow-era Alabama. Norris and Jim Baggett, the archivist who helped Norris unlock her family's difficult past, discuss Norris' memoir, The Grace Of Silence.
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September 27, 2010 How do you talk people out of truly desperate situations? Gary Noesner, who spent 30 years as a hostage negotiator for the FBI, details some of his most noteworthy cases and explains the techniques he used to defuse tense, potentially life-threatening encounters.
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September 27, 2010 You've heard the pundits compare President Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama. NPR's Guy Raz parses out how apt that comparison really is. Then, what we lose when authors' personal libraries go missing. Ingrid Betancourt's perilous six years held captive by Colombian rebels and Michael Franti on his latest album, The Sound of Sunshine.
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September 27, 2010 As gleefully inappropriate as it is wise, David Sedaris' collection of animal fables uses naughty wildlife and explicit illustrations to take on selfishness, bigotry and other human foibles.
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