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Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."
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Bat Calls Make Eerie Comeback As Techno-Like Beats

Bats are disappearing, falling prey to a mysterious disease called white-nose syndrome. At a national park in Vermont, their mysterious sounds are celebrated in a new audio exhibit.
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In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art?

For the past 25 years, Chip Kidd has made a name for himself as a top book designer. His designs have helped transform books into visual icons. But in the brave new world of e-books, where covers are often shrunk to thumbnail sketches on a screen, will beautifully designed covers become a dying art?
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Put Two Up Front For Two New Words

You are given two five-letter words. Put the same pair of letters in front of each of them to complete two familiar seven-letter words.
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The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.
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Grand Ole Goo Goo Sweetens Fans Old And New

The Goo Goo Cluster, a chocolate-covered bundle of marshmallow, peanuts, and caramel from Tennessee, turns 100 in October. After a long association with Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the gooey treat is looking for a new audience.
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Dueling Crises Crush Mali's Cultural Treasures

A coup in the capital and a rebellion in the north have put Mali's cultural treasures at risk. Ancient holy sites have been damaged or destroyed, and an international music festival in the Sahara Desert may be in jeopardy.
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Dax Shepard And Kristen Bell Play Not My Job

We ask the real-life Hollywood couple about legendary star pair Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: Three questions about a Hollywood pair who knew how to live large.

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