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Talent Or Skill?: Honing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Do big league hitters have naturally faster reflexes? Are African-Americans predisposed to be better athletes? In his new book, Sports Illustrated's David Epstein says science now has answers — or at least insights — to all these questions.
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Book News: Justice Department Proposes Punishments For Apple

Also: The meaning of Homer's "wine-dark sea"; a look at Portnoy's Complaint and the rise of the Jewish sex scandal; the best books coming out this week.
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BBC Announces Peter Capaldi Is The Next Dr. Who

The BBC has chosen the 12th actor to star in Doctor Who, the show about a traveler in time and space. Veteran actor Peter Capaldi is taking over from Matt Smith, who will take his leave in the Christmas special. For more on the show, Linda Wertheimer talks to BBC arts and entertainment correspondent Tim Masters.
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In His Own Words: Remembering Poet Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was born in Detroit 100 years ago Sunday. He became the first African-American to receive the honor now known as "poet laureate." Among his most famous works is the collection of short poems called Elegies for Paradise Valley. We hear an excerpt from the collection, as read by the author in 1976.
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Charles Manson: Master Manipulator, Even As A Child

More than four decades after the cult leader planned nine vicious murders, he is still part of American culture. Jeff Guinn's new biography digs through details of Manson's troubled childhood, with access to family members and photos never reported on before.
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Aaaannnd The 12th Doctor Who Is ...

The newest Time Lord to pilot the Tardis is Peter Capaldi. He'll be replacing the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, on the long-running British science-fiction television show.
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When Comedians Cross Borders

Ryan Ha, a Chinese-American and CEO of the Comedy Club China in Beijing, is bringing stand-up comedy to China. Host Rachel Martin asks him what's funny in Beijing.
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Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

Rob Sheffield had his life pulled out from him 16 years ago when his wife died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism. He overcame his grief through singing karaoke, and tells about it in his new book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke."
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First Names First

Every answer consists of the names of two famous people. The last name of the first person is an anagram of the first name of the last person. Given the non-anagram parts of the names, you identify the people.
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New Dr. Who To Be Revealed Today

The new Doctor on the British sci fi show "Dr. Who" will be announced in a live BBC broadcast at 2 p.m. ET. Host Rachel Martin tells us about the cult BBC TV show about a doctor who travels though time and space.

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