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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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Roger Thurow: "The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time For Mothers And Children—And The World"

A new book tells the story of the First 1,000 Days movement, an international effort to end malnutrition during the most crucial time of development, from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday.

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Frans De Waal: "Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?"

The well-known Dutch-American biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal is known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. In a new book, he shows how humans underestimate the intelligence of many animal species.

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Wayne Pacelle: "The Humane Economy"

This has been a significant year for the animal rights movement. Sea World vowed to stop breeding orcas. And Walmart pledged to sell only cage-free eggs. The head of the Humane Society on how consumer pressure and innovation are driving animal protection.

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Chris Anderson: "TED Talks"

Chris Anderson – the head of TED Talks – on fifteen years of speeches by some of the world's most innovative thinkers. Plus his take on the do's and don'ts of public speaking.

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David Kessler: "Capture: Unraveling The Mystery of Mental Suffering"

Dr. David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner, argues a single neurological process is the foundation of addiction and many mental disorders. Diane Rehm talks with him about his new theory on the root cause of depression, over-eating and drug abuse -- and implications for better treatment.

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Antoine Van Agtmael And Fred Bakker: "The Smartest Places On Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots Of Global Innovation"

New research by an economist and a journalist on the emerging "brain belts" of America. Why some rust belt cities like Akron, Ohio; Albany, New York; and Portland, Oregon are becoming the hotspots of global innovation.

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Manisha Sinha: "The Slave's Cause: A History Of Abolition"

A new history of the abolition movement that unearths stories of the men and women, blacks and whites who pushed this country to end slavery.

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Lee Smith: "Dimestore: A Writer's Life"

Lee Smith began writing stories as a child, selling them for a nickel apiece. The novelist on her new memoir about growing up in a small Appalachian town and how it shaped her life and her literature.

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"The Anatomy Of Love," 25 Years Later

In the early nineties, anthropologist Helen Fisher wrote “The Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray.” Now she’s back with the latest research on how love affects the brain and how the Internet has changed dating.

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