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Teaching The Intangibles: How To Ingrain 'Grit' In Students

Author Paul Tough's book, Helping Children Succeed, lays out what he calls the tools for helping children succeed, particularly through attributes like perseverance and grit.
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Joe Hill On 'Fireman,' Family And ... Fart Cookies?

Novelist Joe Hill's latest, The Fireman, is an apocalyptic plague tale about a pathogen that makes sufferers explode. He says his father Stephen King has had a great influence on his storytelling.
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'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

You may be familiar with Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. But did you know Mendelssohn's sister Fanny and Schumman's wife Clara were accomplished composers, too?
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What Does The Goat Man Say? Baa, Maa Or 'I'm Crazy'

Deep (and not-so-deep) thoughts from Thomas Thwaites, author of GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human.
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Sebastian Junger's Examines Veteran Life After Leaving 'Tribe'

Sebastian Junger's new book, "Tribe," looks at soldiers returning home from war. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that veterans often don't feel like they belong to the society they fought for.
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'32 Yolks' Chronicles Chef's Culinary Journey

Before Eric Ripert worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, he struggled to make a simple hollandaise sauce. He talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his new memoir, "32 Yolks."
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An Underground Supper Club Where Music Moves The Menu

Philip Gelb once toured with top musicians. Now he's a chef who hosts intimate dinner parties where the entertainment, by innovative world musicians, is as experimental as the ever-changing fare.
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Roger Thurow: "The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time For Mothers And Children—And The World"

A new book tells the story of the First 1,000 Days movement, an international effort to end malnutrition during the most crucial time of development, from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday.

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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for The Sympathizer, a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam.
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Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.

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