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David Rakoff's 'Half Empty' Full Of Humor, Guilt

Writer David Rakoff's received the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his essay collection Half Empty. In the book, Rakoff explains the powers of pessimistic thought as he analyzes topics such as a pornography trade fair, his neurotic childhood and his recent cancer diagnosis.
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'The League' Uses Fandom To Explore Friendship

Co-creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus talk about how their show The League came into being and why it stands out from other modern television comedies.
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Barry Eisler's 'Detachment' From 'Legacy' Publishing

"Publishing for me is a business, not an ideology," says the bestselling thriller writer. Eisler walked away from a half-million dollar deal offered by a traditional publisher to self-publish — and then teamed up with Amazon. His newest book, The Detachment, was e-released on Amazon in September.
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'Gardener' Gives 'Heirloom Life' To Forgotten Flora

The Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860, but it disappeared from catalogs in the 1880s — until now. Jere Gettle offers advice on how to save and grow heirloom vegetables in The Heirloom Life Gardener.
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How Steve Jobs Changed The World Of Design

Apple's Steve Jobs, who died this week after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer, didn't just change technology. Lynn Neary learns more about the profound legacy Jobs leaves behind on the world of design from John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 7

james blake

Puppets, parks, pots, and the electronic sounds of James Blake.

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Dwarf-Tossing, Long Banned, May Return In Florida

News that a Florida legislator wants to bring back the banned activity of "dwarf tossing" has people shaking their heads — and wondering why in the world you would want to do something like that. Of course, they're also curious as to whether he'll succeed.
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Assessing National Cathedral's Damage After Quake

Guy Raz talks to Joseph Alonso, head stonemason at the Washington National Cathedral, about the damage the building suffered from the Aug. 23 earthquake.
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Steve Jobs: 'Computer Science Is A Liberal Art'

Everyone should be able to harness technology, Jobs told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996. In memory of Apple's co-founder and former CEO, we listen back to excerpts of their conversation. "Our goal was to bring a liberal arts perspective ... to what had traditionally been a very geeky technology," he said.

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