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Cookbook author Reem Kassis says that many foods that are considered Middle Eastern or Israeli actually originated as Palestinian dishes. Dan Perez/Phaidon Press hide caption

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For This Palestinian Cook, The Kitchen Is A 'Powerful Place' — Not A 'Life Sentence'

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In 'Caul Baby,' A Rare Gift Becomes A Double-Edged Sword

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A Daughter Struggles To Escape Her Mother's Shadow In 'Libertie'

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Memoir Offers Advice On 'How To Raise A Feminist Son'

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"Queer people love country music," singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile says. "... We just don't think that it's going to open its doors to us. And when it does, it's wildly satisfying." Austin Hargrave/AUGUST hide caption

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Singer Brandi Carlile Talks Ambition, Avoidance And Finally Finding Her Place

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Hunter Biden, at the time serving as board chairman of World Food Program USA, with then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2016. Hunter Biden says his addictions worsened after his brother Beau's death in 2015. Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images hide caption

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Through Decades Of Addiction, Hunter Biden Says His Family Never Gave Up On Him

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Old Ways Cradle A New Life In 'I Sang You Down From The Stars'

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Amazon tractor-trailers line up outside an Amazon Fulfillment Center on Staten Island in New York City in April 2020. The pandemic has been good for the company's bottom line. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Journalist Investigates Amazon Warehouse Life And The Pitfalls Of 'One-Click America'

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Camping Is An Adventure For All Americans In 'Fatima's Great Outdoors'

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Hanif Abdurraqib's Rabbit Holes into Great Black Performance

Hanif Abdurraqib's latest book is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. In it, Abdurraqib researches the impact of Black performers on American culture throughout the past several hundred years, touching on everything from minstrel shows to Soul Train, the concept of the "Magical Negro," and playing spades. Sam talks to Abdurraqib about lesser-known performers like Ellen Armstrong, the first Black woman magician, and they revisit the mythology of household names like Whitney Houston. Plus, they share aspects of Black performance they've missed most in this pandemic year.

Hanif Abdurraqib's Rabbit Holes into Great Black Performance

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Rodney Scott checks racks of ribs as they cook on July 3, 2018 in Charleston, S.C. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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How Rodney Scott Learned To Cook – And Went For It, Whole Hog

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