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Author Tracy Daugherty's new biography of Joan Didion is an honest attempt to construct a coherent narrative about her — but critic Michael Schaub says it doesn't completely work.

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The rollout will happen gradually, reports member station KERA, with Homemade Vanilla being sold in some Texas stores next Monday. Other flavors will soon follow.

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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Patty Hsue, who leads the robocall-combating tech initiatives at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, about its plans to combat phone fraud.

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Laura Martinez defied many skeptics when she opened up her Chicago restaurant, La Diosa, this year. It helps that she used to work for the late Charlie Trotter, one of the city's most acclaimed chefs.

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A familiar face from TV is becoming a familiar voice on the radio.  Kerri Furey has been sitting in as guest-host for HearSay with Cathy Lewis, for a while now. Along with her HearSay duties, Kerri also steps up as a volunteer for WHRO and WHRV’s TV and radio fundraising drives.

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