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The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

Nathan Wolfe travels to the viral hot spots of the world, where viruses first jump from animals to humans. The scientist spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into global pandemics.
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YA Author Celebrates Growing Up Latino In The U.S.

In 2006, Malin Alegria's debut novel was unique in the world of young adult fiction: It followed a Mexican-American girl through a quintessential coming-of-age experience — the quinceanera. Today, Alegria's book is still celebrated in Latino communities — and publishers are starting to pay attention.
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Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Republican Schism

The editor of Newsweek offers some required reading on the gap between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment — and talks about the "Yes We Cain" issue of Newsweek, featuring Republican Herman Cain. "Herman Cain is surprising everybody," Brown says.
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To 'Hell And Back,' With A Marine And His Wife

Sgt. Nathan Harris was part of the unit where photographer-filmmaker Danfung Dennis was embedded in Afghanistan. After Harris was wounded in a firefight, Dennis realized the story of his recovery was inextricable from the story of his war.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 18

Wordy Othello and speechless Othello, Oedipus Rex and Sweet Smell of Success.

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3 Extreme Tales Of Tribulation For The Apocalypse

The wait has been long and the predictions many, but according to Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, the enlightened will finally be called home on Oct 21. Author Rhoda Janzen offers three redeeming suggestions to help you prepare for the upcoming apocalypse.
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'Why Read Moby-Dick?': A Passionate Defense Of The 'American Bible'

Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
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The Sad Lesson Of 'Body Snatchers': People Change

Science-fiction writer Jack Finney would have turned 100 this month. Critic Maureen Corrigan says he had a knack for tapping into our shallowly buried psychological anxieties. At its core, Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is about how our loved ones inevitably change — and it is as sad as it is scary.
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Seth MacFarlane: TV's 'Family Guy' Makes Music, Too

MacFarlane is best known for creating the animated TV shows Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. But he's also a singer whose new album features songs from the Great American Songbook.
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Whitehead's 'Zone' Is No Average Zombie Apocalypse

Colson Whitehead's Zone One describes the aftermath of a mysterious plague that has swept the world and turned billions of people into zombies. Whitehead talks about his zombie nightmares, why he decided to destroy New York and what makes a "successful" apocalypse.

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