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Bracket Frenzy Moves Beyond College Basketball

March madness means NCAA brackets, along with brackets for practically everything else, from Star Wars characters to grooming products to public radio shows. What makes brackets so appealing?
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Book News: Is Amazon Building A CIA Cloud?

Also: Sam Lipsyte is interviewed by household pets; a new study tracks mood in literature; and Bret Easton Ellis' new book.
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Revisiting Iraq Through The Eyes Of An Exiled Poet

Dunya Mikhail fled her homeland in the wake of the first Gulf War, after her writing was labeled subversive by Saddam Hussein's government. She has never physically returned to Iraq, but she remembers it in her poetry.
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'Tonight Show' Reportedly Moving To New York In 2014 With Fallon As Host

Jimmy Fallon is on track to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show on NBC in 2014, according to reports in The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
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Sketches From A War-Torn World: A British Illustrator In Syria

George Butler's illustrations are a powerful account of life in the country's north. They're not just about the sorrows and pain of Syrian refugees and the wounded, but often about Syrians' stubborn insistence that life will carry on despite the war.
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DC By The Book

The nation's capital has served as the backdrop for many works of fiction. We explore the literary fabric of the city and learn about a new mapping project that will help readers explore the city through books.

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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

Shereen El Feki spent five years traveling across the Arab region asking people about sex: what they do, what they don't, what they think and why. Her ambition was to learn about the intimate lives of people in the Middle East, and how the sexual aspects of their lives reflect larger shifts.
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Imperfect Gentlemen Says Being Persian Is Hip

Spring is upon us, and so is the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Iranian-Americans and people across the Middle East and parts of Asia are celebrating. Michel Martin talks with Afro-Iranian-American comedian Tehran Von Ghasri about his favorite traditions.

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