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Remembering John Lennon: Lennon and the F.B.I.

Historian Jon Wiener spent 14 years fighting to gain access to the FBI’s secret files on John Lennon. Wiener's Freedom of Information case went all the way to the Supreme Court before the FBI decided to settle. His book “Gimme Some Truth” (University of California Press) outlines and reproduces the most important pages of the file, revealing that the Nixon administration plotted to deport Lennon in 1972 and silence him as a voice of the anti-war movement. Wiener is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and also author of “Come Together: John Lennon and His Time.” Rebroadcast of (1/25/2000)

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At your service: A restaurant maître d' tells all in 'Your Table Is Ready'

Michael Cecchi-Azzolina talks about what it's like to be a Maitre D' at the fanciest restaurants in New York City. He has worked in the business for three decades telling wealthy diners, celebrities and even the mafia whether or not they can have the table by the window. His memoir is called Your Table is Ready.

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'Monuments to the Unthinkable' explores how nations can memorialize their atrocities

In How the Word Is Passed, author Clint Smith explored U.S. sites that deal with the legacy of slavery. Now, in The Atlantic, he writes about German memorials to the Holocaust.

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Journalist Maria Ressa explains 'How to Stand Up to a Dictator'

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist faced criminal charges in the Philippines after her news site's reporting angered government officials. How to Stand Up to a Dictator is her new memoir.

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