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Orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah told his own story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Radiance of Tomorrow is his first novel. John Madere/Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hide caption

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A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah was 12 when he was orphaned by Sierra Leone's civil war and recruited as a child soldier. He described the ordeal in his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone. Now, Beah's debut novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, tells the story of a shattered community struggling to rebuild itself after war.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida delivers a speech on reforming antipoverty programs on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the "War on Poverty." Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds

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Orphaned by the civil war in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah told his own story in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Radiance of Tomorrow is his first novel. John Madere/Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hide caption

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A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

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Sebastian Zutant is the owner of The Red Hen restaurant in Washington, D.C. He's also a sommelier. He and a friend at DC Brau have developed their own beer-wine mashup. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

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Kamora Cyprian got her teeth cleaned at a free health care event in the Los Angeles Sports Arena in September 2012. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

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A reproduction of the mural from a room in Catalhoyuk, a Neolithic settlement in Turkey. Sarah Murray/Flickr hide caption

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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

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A lot of produce Americans buy comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month. Amy Sussman/AP hide caption

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

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An estimated 15 million umbrellas are thrown away in France each year. Thierry Millet is trying to change that, one umbrella repair at a time. Lejeune/Maxppp /Landov hide caption

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No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair

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