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Colum McCann: "TransAtlantic" (Rebroadcast)

Spanning two continents and three centuries, National Book Award winner Colum McCann's latest novel weaves together stories of both fictional and well-known historical figures, including Frederick Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist, and Sen. George Mitchell, who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland. The novel explores the chance encounters and ordinary moments that don't make the history books, but can illuminate a period in time. We speak with the author about the role of fiction in the telling of history.

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From the book "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann. Copyright © 2013 by Colum McCann. Reprinted by arrangement with Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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