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Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?

David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.

'Science Of Mom': Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don't Have To

Alice Callahan uses her background in nutritional biology and fetal physiology to help new parents tell fact from fiction in her new book The Science of Mom. She gives tips to NPR's Rachel Martin.

In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored

As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.

Novelist Kamel Daoud, Finding Dignity In The Absurd

His new novel, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother. He says Camus' vision of the absurd gave him back his dignity

How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

From self-driving cars to automated warehouses, humans are being pushed out of the equation. Soon, robots will "do a million other things we can't even conceive of," author John Markoff says.
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'Living Diversity' On Columbia Pike

We explore the unique diversity of Arlington's Columbia Pike with a documentary photographer, and find out why the Pike typifies changes in many American neighborhoods over the last 50 years.


Guzzling 9,000 Years Of History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

A new illustrated history explores beer's journey from the cradle of agriculture, to the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

Lesbian Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Countered Dad's Secrecy By Being Out And Open

The musical and graphic novel Fun Home describe Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life."

In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

In Susan Barker's novel, a few strange letters bloom into a saga of two souls' reincarnations. Barker says her characters' many lives gave her an instrument to explore China — both past and present.

Author Sets Out To Find Gold In 'Fever'

Host Rachel Martin talks with British author Steve Boggan about his quest for California gold in his new book, Gold Fever.