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A Push To Move Food Stamp Recipients Into Jobs

NPR | March 20, 2015 8:21 a.m.

Critics say the benefit program discourages people from seeking jobs. The Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to find a better way to get recipients back to work.

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Barney Frank's Journey From Closeted To An Openly Gay Member Of Congress

NPR | March 16, 2015 12:49 p.m.

In his new memoir, Frank describes how early in politics he feared people would "draw inferences" that he was gay if he supported gay rights. But his drive to fight discrimination was stronger.

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God, Grits And American Dreams: It's Presidential Candidate Book Season

NPR | Feb. 13, 2015 9:12 a.m.

The Iowa caucuses are a year away, which means it's time for presidential campaign books. Marco Rubio will be in Iowa Friday to hawk his new work.

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David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

NPR | Feb. 10, 2015 11:23 a.m.

In his new book, the veteran political consultant tells stories about his years at Obama's side. After one debate, Axelrod says Obama "made clear how he felt about me at that moment, and he bolted."

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Obama's 'Body Man' Looks Back On His Presidential Education

NPR | Feb. 8, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Reggie Love went from playing sports at Duke to working as Barack Obama's personal assistant. His new memoir, Power Forward, describes what he learned on the campaign trail and in the White House.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

NPR | Feb. 5, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

NPR | Jan. 24, 2015 2:53 p.m.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

NPR | Dec. 19, 2014 5:15 p.m.

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

NPR | Dec. 8, 2014 2:09 p.m.

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal welfare plan.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

NPR | Dec. 7, 2014 9:34 a.m.

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.