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Of Africa

Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyinka peers into Africa's past and speculates about the continent's future. Though he complains it has been exalted and abused, overlooked and misapprehended, exploited and overstuffed with false charity, Soynika remains optimistic, full of a kind of rational spirituality, and predicts that Africa's best days yet lie ahead.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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