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April 21, 2014 | NPR · More than 200 people remain missing after the ferry capsized last week. One family was told their daughter was dead instead of missing. It turns out authorities had confused her for another girl.
 
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April 21, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. mainland's only Asian-majority congressional district sits in California's Silicon Valley, where two Indian-American candidates are trying to oust Japanese-American Congressman Mike Honda.
 
April 21, 2014 | NPR · Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most famous journalists, was shot and wounded by gunmen as he was driving down a busy street in Karachi. It's the second such attack this month on a journalist.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the U.S.
 
April 20, 2014 | NPR · It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.
 
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April 20, 2014 | WBUR · Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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Musical fiction

Nov 9, 2011 — It's all about fiction this week with a stunning magical realist debut from the young Tea Obreht, a fantastical family fable from Walter Mosley, Matt Rees' conspiracy-laden historical drama about Mozart's sister, and a haunting novel of colonialism gone awry by Swedish author Henning Mankell.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Loser by Thomas Bernhard, Jack Dawson, and Mark M. Anderson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Line by Olga Grushin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Mar 30, 2010 — A new comedy from Ian McEwan; the true-life adventures of the Victorian Brit who stole the secrets of tea from China; a Kenyan contemporary of Obama's father remembers the Mau Mau rebellion; and a new Russian master spins surprising fictional gold from the Godot-like tale of Soviet citizens waiting in an endless line.
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Sep 30, 2009 — Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to discuss his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and his screenplay for the new movie An Education.
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Sep 29, 2009 — Nick Hornby's latest, Juliet, Naked, is another smart, soft-centered tale of hapless manchildren, precocious actual children and sensible women. This is what Hornby does, he does it well, and he's done it again.
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Aug 21, 2007 — Thomas Bernhard's novel is willfully oppressive and agonizing to read, hilarious and awful by turns, says author Claire Messud. An unflinching, ranting monologue, it couldn't care less about the reader — but it contains bitter truths.
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Apr 18, 2006 — Scott Joplin was once among America's most popular songwriters. The son of a former slave, his Ragtime music swept the nation more than 100 years ago.
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Jan 17, 2006 — In the first of a two-part conversation, Farai Chideya talks with fiction writer Tananarive Due. Her latest novel, Joplin's Ghost, tells the story of a rising R&B singer and how her life changes after she encounters the ghost of ragtime king Scott Joplin.
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