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Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

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How To Write Short

In a time-starved culture with a case of information overload, the skill of using fewer words may be the most effective writing technique of all.

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Barry Meier: "Pain Killer"

The use of narcotic painkillers has boomed over the past decade, but a book says new research shows that opioids are often ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious health consequences.

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Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman: "Enemies Within"

Since 9/11, Americans have been engaged in a debate about the extent to which privacy must be given up to make the nation safer. The authors argue that many of our counterterrorism measures are more invasive than we realize and are not effective.

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Dan Balz: "Collision 2012: Obama Vs. Romney And The Future Of Elections In America" (Rebroadcast)

Behind the scenes of the 2012 presidential race and how the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could shape future American elections.

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Dan Balz: "Collision 2012: Obama Vs. Romney And The Future Of Elections In America"

Behind the scenes of the 2012 presidential race and how the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could shape future American elections.

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W. Bernard Carlson: "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age"

The inventions of Nikola Tesla at the turn of the 20th century set the stage for how we produce and use electricity today. A new biography examines his visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his technological breakthroughs.

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Movies Making A Difference

Many filmmakers pour their passion into a movie, hoping to spark discussion, action, or even legislation. We explore social action documentaries.

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Olympia Snowe: "Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix The Stalemate In Congress" (Rebroadcast)

When Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, announced she would not seek re-election in 2012, she spoke of her frustration with political polarization. Now, in a new book, she lays out how lawmakers can find common ground.

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Olympia Snowe: "Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix The Stalemate In Congress"

When Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, announced she would not seek re-election in 2012, she spoke of her frustration with political polarization. Now, in a new book, she lays out how lawmakers can find common ground.

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