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'The Great Glass Sea' by Josh Weil

Understanding Russia -- and what drives its complicated, dynamic people -- has confounded historians and world leaders for centuries. But in a new novel, author Josh Weil captures those complexities and sets them in a futuristic Russian society living under a glass dome. It's in this vast greenhouse bathed in perpetual sunlight that Weil's main characters live, love and struggle to come to terms with a new Russia that, in some respects, bears a striking resemblance to the present day. Kojo explores the world under the "The Great Glass Sea."

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THE GREAT GLASS SEA © 2014 by Josh Weil; used with the permission of the publisher, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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