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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

One Husband, Three Wives: Real-Life 'Love'

From the left, Vicki, Valerie, Joe and Alina Darger.

Jeremy Cowart

The family who helped inspire the hit HBO series Big Love has written a tell-all of sorts: A new book called Love Times Three: Our True Story Of A Polygamous Marriage.

In it, Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie — the Dargers — take readers into their world of plural marriage, parenting 23 children and living in a community that views polygamy with scorn. The Dargers are independent fundamentalists and are not recognized by any organized religion.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Redrawn Districts Could Shake Up Congress

In Illinois, Republicans object to a map that endangers their delegation in a state with a Democratic-controlled legislature and governor. The opposite is underway in Texas, where the Republican legislature and governor approved a map that Democrats say doesn't accurately reflect population growth.

Middle East
12:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Syria's President Assad Pressed To Open Dialogue

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 1:46 pm

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NEAL CONAN, host: This week, the world watched as Tunisia held its first free and democratic election. Last week, the 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi ended in airstrikes and gunfire. Meanwhile, the cycle of protest and crackdown continues in Syria. Activists reported at least nine civilian deaths today, while state television reported that tens of thousands packed a square in Damascus to support President Bashar al-Assad. Washington Post foreign correspondent Liz Sly will join us in just a moment.

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Education
12:00 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Brown University President Simmons Steps Down

In 2001, Ruth Simmons left Smith College to take the helm at Brown University, becoming the first African-American president at an Ivy League school. She's guided Brown through financial challenges, devised a long-term Plan for Academic Enrichment and addressed multiple campus controversies.

NPR Story
1:21 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Political Biographies Often More Fact Than Fiction

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