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From Tea To T-Shirts: The History Of U.S.-China Trade

From pirates to tea to opium, Eric Jay Dolin's new book, When America First Met China, describes the long and complicated history of the trade relationship between the two countries.
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Seeing Double

Every answer today is a six-letter word or name that has a repeated two-letter pair, like "eraser," which has E-R twice, or "regret," which has R-E twice. The repeated pair of letters can appear anywhere in the word. You'll be given the pair of letters and a clue, and you provide the words.
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How Humans Are Facilitating More Disease 'Spillover'

In Spillover, science writer David Quammen explores the emergence of human diseases. He argues chains of infection are becoming more common. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Quammen about his new book.
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Inverting 'King Lear' In 'Goldberg Variations'

Susan Isaacs' latest novel revolves around Gloria Garrison, a 79-year-old CEO with a multimillion-dollar makeover business. Isaacs says her female characters don't need to be likable, but they should "fight for something beyond themselves."
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The 'Future' Of Movies? Critic Says It's Not So Bright

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby bemoans what digital and global filmmaking has done to the industry. "[Movies] have to play in Bangkok and Bangalore ... as well as Bangor, Maine," he says. "The local flavor has gone out of them."
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'Looper' Director: Memory A Form Of Time Travel

Director Rian Johnson is known for his 2005 high school noir flick Brick. His new movie, Looper, jumps 30 years into a grim future for a twisty thriller involving time traveling assassins. Johnson says time travel stories are intensely relatable, because everyone wonders about their past.
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Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Stories: 'Butterflies'

Round 9 of Three-Minute Fiction has closed and the judging process is now under way. Susan Stamberg reads an excerpt from one standout story, Butterflies, written by Jennifer Dupree. Listeners can read the story in its entirety along with other stories online at www.npr.org/threeminutefiction.
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Actor Robby Benson Is 'Not Dead ... Yet!'

The former teen heartthrob is best known for his roles in such films as Ode To Billy Joe, Ice Castles, and The Chosen. But he's also survived four open heart surgeries. His journey is the subject of his new memoir, I'm Not Dead ...Yet!
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Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Plays Not My Job

We're pretty sure Kluwe is either the nerdiest player in the NFL, and/or the most athletic nerd in history. We've invited him to answer three questions about the Ig Nobel awards, which honor some of the more ridiculous breakthroughs in science.

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