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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Single mothers

Jun 26, 2012 — Love knows no bounds, and in these five books, passion leaps from the page. You'll be swept off your feet by three novels and two memoirs that take up the mischievous matters of the heart.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Confessions of Noa Weber by Gail Hareven and Dalya Bilu. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Oct 28, 2010 — Ginni Thomas left a more than minute-long voice mail for Anita Hill, and asked Hill to apologize for accusing her husband — then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas — of sexual harassment in 1991. Amy Dickinson advises callers on the art and diplomacy of soliciting an apology.
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Dec 4, 2009 — 2009's top works of foreign fiction, as picked by critic Jessa Crispin, feature a geography as wide ranging as their topics: genetic research, civil unrest, sibling resentment, and fairy-tale depictions of government corruption.
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Dec 4, 2009 — In Gail Hareven's novel, feminist and Israeli author Noa Weber turns to her writing to expose an intimate view of the life, love, and obsessions she is embarrassed to share with the world.
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May 7, 2009 — Amy Dickinson doles out advice in her syndicated column "Ask Amy" for the Chicago Tribune. In her memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville, she shares some of the mistakes she's made in her life, and how she got through them with advice from the women in her family.
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Apr 3, 2009 — From the moment Noa met Alek, she was stripped of her dignity, unable to resist him. In Gail Hareven's witty, compelling Confessions of Noa Weber, Noa admits the humiliating details to her daughter in hopes of exorcising the demon.
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Aug 10, 2007 — Set in 1930s Texas, Paulette Jiles' second novel is the story of the Stoddard clan — particularly the Stoddard women — who endure storms within their own family and community. Recommended by Stacy Clopton Yates, host of HPPR's High Plains in Words.
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Jul 29, 2005 — For some, the summer is a time to indulge in frothy beach reading: the latest chick lit or globetrotting, highly unbelievable thriller. But book critic Maureen Corrigan has taken a different tack this year: She's catching up on more substantial reading that she hasn't had time for yet.
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Jul 6, 2005 — This Southern novel is named after the first passenger train line to go between New York and Miami and set in the end of the 1950s. The story is told with the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
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