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Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

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The Very Best Of Barbecue

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

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Week In The News: Iran Deal, Scott Walker, 'El Chapo' Escapes

The Iran deal. Obama's prison push. Harper Lee. El Chapo's escape. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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The Mysteries Of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set A Watchman." We'll read between the lines of the highly anticipated sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird".

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The 2015 Caine Prize For African Writing

The winner and two finalists of the big Caine Prize for African Writing.

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The Path To Scrabble V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

From the living room to world championships, Scrabble is fun—and fiercely competitive. We'll dig in.

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Are You There, America? It's Her, Judy Blume

Beloved children's author Judy Blume is writing for adults again – on disaster. Judy Blume joins us.

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A Poet Laureate's Life: Juan Felipe Herrera

We sit down with Juan Felipe Herrera, the newly minted – and first Latino – U.S. poet laureate.

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Best Summer Books: 2015

"The Fall of the Princes," "Eileen," "Hold Still," — we're talking best summer reads of 2015.

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Zen And The Art Of The Free Throw

George Mumford, meditation master to the NBA's stars – Kobe, Shaquille, Jordan – brings us his zen.

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