Books

1:28am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:19 am

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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1:26am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:19 am

British tanks move to support their infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.
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In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler's armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation.

The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances.

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5:43am

Mon May 13, 2013

3:22am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 6:41 am

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If you said the "s" word in the ninth century, you probably wouldn't have shocked or offended anyone. Back then, the "s" word was just the everyday word that was used to refer to excrement. That's one of many surprising, foul-mouthed facts Melissa Mohr reveals in her new book, Holy S- - -: A Brief History of Swearing.

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2:40am

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Workers Rescue From Somalia

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:59 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a story of "Impossible Odds," that's the title of a new book by Jessica Buchanan. She's an American aid worker who was kidnapped in Somalia back in 2011. Her new book recounts the terrifying experience. It's co-written with her husband and fellow aid worker, Erik Landemalm. The couple was based in northern Somalia, considered the safer part of a country that to this day they feel an affection for.

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