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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.
 
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Aug 8, 2013 — A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
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Aug 4, 2013 — Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."
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Jul 6, 2013 — Pop-culture writer Nathan Rabin introduces us to some obsessive fans in his new book, You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, which chronicles his experience following the followers of the bands Phish and Insane Clown Posse.
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Sep 24, 2010 — For most of his life, music critic Tim Page felt like an outsider. Restless and isolated, he was uneasy around others. Finally, when he was 45, Page was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
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Oct 13, 2009 — For most of his life, music critic Tim Page felt like an outsider. Restless and isolated, he was uneasy around others. Finally, when he was 45, Page was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
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Apr 15, 2009 — Growing up in a housing project in Brooklyn in the 1960s and '70s, Nelson George devoured Ernest Hemmingway novels... And album liner notes. In his memoir, City Kid, he tells of his early jump into the burgeoning hip-hop scene.
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Apr 8, 2009 — Culture critic, novelist and filmmaker Nelson George reflects on his childhood in the memoir CITY KID: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success. George speaks candidly with Tell Me More about his life's journey and its role in shaping his identity and his work.
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Mar 19, 2009 — At the age of 20, Mike Tyson burst onto the boxing scene. He soon became one of the sport's most feared and revered boxers, but along with the fame came controversy. A new documentary, Tyson, aims to shed some fresh light on this troubled life.
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Jan 14, 2007 — Music writer Rob Sheffield makes mix tapes for every moment in his life, and those tapes helped him cope with the untimely death of his wife. Debbie Elliott talks to Sheffield about the power of the mix, and about his new book Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.
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Jan 19, 2006 — The wet spell in the Pacific Northwest is seen as an opportunity for Nancy Pearl, the Seattle librarian who regularly shares her recommended readings. She shares her list of books for a rainy day.
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