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Terrie Williams: "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species"

Pandas, tigers and African elephants have captured worldwide attention from conservationists. But an even more endangered species struggles on American shores – the Hawaiian monk seal. Fewer than 1,100 survive today. Scientists predict that without intervention the species could become extinct within 50 years. When the chance to house and study an abandoned pup arose, a California marine biologist took the seal in. In a new book, she tells the story of KP2 - how the boisterous young seal became a celebrity, charmed everyone around him and gave scientists clues to saving his species.

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Excerpt from "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species" by Terrie Williams. Copyright 2012 by Terrie Williams. Reprinted here by permission of The Penguin Press. All rights reserved.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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