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Skipping Out On College And 'Hacking Your Education'

Dale Stephens says many students would be better off ditching college and finding alternate ways to complete their educations. His new book, Hacking Your Education, explores that idea. "When you think about education as an investment, you have to think about what the return is going to be," he says.
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'Wave' Tells A True Story Of Survival And Loss In The 2004 Tsunami

Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, two sons and parents to the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. Her new memoir recounts the events of that fateful day.
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Artist Prepares To Light Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Like Never Before

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge "is the Rodney Dangerfield of bridges," as our friends at KQED say. While the Golden Gate gets respect and tourists, the Bay Bridge simply does its job. But the humble span will shine Tuesday, thanks to 25,000 LEDs.
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A Multimedia Journey Through 'The Persian Square'

Iran is often portrayed as dangerous, violent and politically unstable. But that's only one side of the story. Art, technology and culture are central to Persian identity. The new digital book The Persian Square shows surprising ties between Iran and the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with author and NPR Senior Producer Iran Davar Ardalan.
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'Bless Me, Ultima' Role A 'Gift From Heaven'

The new film adaptation, Bless Me, Ultima, tells a story of witchcraft and religion during 1940s New Mexico. The film is based on a popular, but controversial novel that was a staple of Chicano lit. Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colon talks with host Michel Martin about playing the role of Ultima.
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When Is Peak Season For Cherry Blossoms This Year?

Spring still seems a ways away with a snow storm bearing down on the D.C. area, but as the Park Service has announced, cherry blossom season isn't far off.

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Book News: 'New Yorker' Plagiarist's Book Pulled From Shelves

Also: The best books coming out this week; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the movie; and cakes that look like classic works of literature.
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Time Rules In Jamaica Kincaid's New Novel, 'See Now Then'

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet is anything but sweet. In Jamaica Kincaid's first new novel in 10 years, she traces the unraveling of a marriage. See Now Then follows the joy, pain and destruction that time can wreak on a union.
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The Movie Alex Karpovsky Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor-writer-director Alex Karpovsky could watch Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love a million times. "I saw it with a friend of mine, and we both absolutely loved it and immediately started quoting it," he says.

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