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Engineering A Cooler Climate, Robo-Roaches, Anoushka Shankar

In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath investigates the controversial practice of engineering the planet's climate with man-made chemicals. Plus, music from Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.
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Margaret Drabble Spins A Mother-Daughter Yarn Into 'Gold'

In The Pure Gold Baby, a budding anthropologist raises a developmentally disabled child and confronts the challenges of middle age. This is a surprise comeback for author Margaret Drabble, who swore in 2009 that she'd never publish fiction again.
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No Time To Be Bashful

This week we have a celebrity edition of the puzzle. Our victim is not an unsuspecting listener. Instead, comedian Paula Poundstone will be taking on the challenge.
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Comedian Faces His Addictions To Food And Alcohol

In a single week, Jamie Kilstein realized he was both an alcoholic and a food addict. Since then, he has been working through his addictions on his own.
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Drinking To 'Numb,' Women Gain On Men In Alcohol Abuse

Ann Dowsett Johnston is a successful journalist with five National Magazine Awards to her name; she's also struggled with an addiction to alcohol. In her new book, Drink, she combines her reporting skills and her personal experience to explore the specific dangers confronting women who drink.
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Helen Fielding On Bridget Jones: Still Looking Good At 51

Bridget Jones is 51 now, a widow, and a newly-minted Twitter addict. Creator Helen Fielding tells NPR's Rachel Martin that she brought Bridget back because she wanted to write about a situation many people find themselves in: single again, getting older and dealing with a completely different dating landscape.
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Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won't approve a trademark for the band's name on the grounds that it's a disparaging term for people of Asian descent. So the band is taking the fight to federal court.
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Bridget In Middle Age: We're Not So 'Mad About' This Girl

Bridget Jones, as you may have heard, is back: 51, widowed and juggling two small children and a much younger boy toy. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while she doesn't mind the subtraction of hunky Mark Darcy, she misses the messy but honest charm of the younger Bridget.
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The New And The Next: Punk Rock Love, A Sensible Scary Movie

As Halloween approaches, Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a a viral video that pokes fun at everything we've come to expect from horror films.
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'The Book of Jezebel': An Honest Look At 'Lady Things'

Anna Holmes didn't see much reality in beauty magazines, so she started the website Jezebel — a women's mag "without the airbrushing." Now, she's the editor of an illustrated encyclopedia that takes a look at the world according to women.

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