As I watched Robert Redford acting all by himself in the superlative survival-at-sea movie All Is Lost, I suddenly realized why the setup feels so perfect: Redford is most in his element when he's alone.
David Sedaris' stories have appeared on <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/search?keys=david%20sedaris">This American Life</a> and in <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/search?qt=dismax&sort=score+desc&query=david+sedaris&submit=">The New Yorker</a>, and have now filled seven essay collections<em> --</em> most recently, <em>Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls</em>.
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David Sedaris's new book <em></em>is called <em>Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.</em>
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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are writer Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland. But in Washington, D.C., I have Dave Zirin, sports editor at the progressive magazine The Nation, Paul Butler, law professor at Georgetown University, and what do you know, NPR editor Ammad Omar sticking around. Take it away, Jimi.
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AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Hey, Michel, so it's been a week of heated debate here in Washington. As you know, we've had the shutdown, the debt ceiling debate. But if you look at our listener inbox, nothing got the passions more heated than our conversation about dodgeball.
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