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Author Interviews
1:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 5:30 pm

As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, Ku Klux Klan activity boomed. That fact itself may not be surprising, but in the introduction to his new book, Klansville, U.S.A., David Cunningham also reveals that, "While deadly KKK violence in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia ha[d] garnered the lion's share of Klan publicity, the United Klan's stronghold was, in fact, North Carolina." North Carolina, Cunningham writes, had more Klan members than the rest of the South combined.

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Movie Reviews
12:45 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

'A Good Day': Wake Me Tomorrow

In the latest Die Hard franchise entry, John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son, Jack (Jai Courtney), team up to fight nuclear-weapons thieves.
Frank Masi 20th Century Fox

In a dark, dusty vault beneath a studio back lot, are there stacks and stacks of unproduced Cold War-era screenplays? A pile of untapped bad movie potential, like a hidden stockpile of enriched uranium, just waiting for a film crew that's looking to make a quick buck with a dirty bomb of a movie?

A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the annals of hard-to-kill New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis), is not that explosively bad movie. It's the decaying radioactive wreckage left behind after that bomb goes off.

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History
12:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Boardrooms And Beyond: Remembering Civil Rights 'Power Broker' Whitney Young

Whitney Young spent most of his in the civil rights movement, but he focused on changing business as much as changing law. As head of the National Urban League, he had the ear of some of the nation's most powerful leaders. Host Michel Martin speaks with Young's niece, filmmaker Bonnie Boswell, who chronicles her uncle's story in the documentary, "The Power Broker."

Monkey See
10:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Die-Hard's Guide To 'Die Hard': 25 Years Of Sweat, Dirt And Blowing Stuff Up

Bruce Willis returns as iconoclastic cop John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard.
Frank Masi, SMPSP Twentieth Century Fox

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:11 pm

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Monkey See
8:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Morning Shots: On Valentine's Day, It's Just Kisses, Kisses And More Kisses

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Your killer Valentine's Day read: The A.V. Club ran a lovely, smart interview yesterday with Aziz Ansari about love and dating. Depressing, in a way, but not cynical at all. [The A.V. Club]

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Book News: LBJ And Lady Bird Johnson's Love Letters Go Public

Lady Bird Johnson and President Lyndon Johnson at an election rally in 1964.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:02 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Books
7:03 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Bouquet Of Romantic Reads For Valentine's Day

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I love Valentine's Day! There. I said it.

I know plenty of people out there think Valentine's Day is an overly commercial faux holiday, and to some extent I can see why. After all, it is a day when people (especially men?) can feel forced to celebrate romance. Call me an overly sentimental romantic if you want to, but I still adore the idea and practice of a day devoted to romance and love.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Secrets, Lies And The Allure Of The Illicit

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By the time Wendy Plump learned from a friend that her husband had a longtime mistress and an 8-month-old son living just a mile away, their union was already pockmarked with the scars of adultery — both his and hers. She divulges all this and more in Vow, her at times jaw-droppingly frank but ultimately instructive post-mortem on their 18-year marriage.

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From The NPR Bookshelves
7:03 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Sick Of Valentine's Day? 6 Book Stories To Soothe Your Soul

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This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling lonely, heartbroken, or just a bit jaundiced, we've got some archive treasures for you — tempestuous relationships, cartoon heartbreak, and a few books that may make you feel less alone — plus a bonus playlist from our good friends at NPR Music.

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Opinion
2:59 am
Thu February 14, 2013

An Affair to Remember in Pre-Independence India

Sandip Roy and his great-aunt, Debika Ghosh, took this picture after she told him about her great romantic escapade.
Courtesy Sandip Roy

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

For Valentine's Day, Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy shares a family love story from 70 years ago.

I always knew that my mother's aunt Debika was the most beautiful of all the great-aunts. I didn't know that when she was young, she jumped off a moving train for love.

She is now 90. Bent with age, she shuffles with a walker. But she's still radiant, her hair perfectly dyed.

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