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After Tiananmen Square, New Lives On A New Continent

After the democracy protests were crushed in 1989, many thought China would turn inward. Instead, a million Chinese citizens moved to Africa. Howard French discusses his book China's Second Continent.
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From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.
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Proof: The Science of Booze

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.

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'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.
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'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.
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'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.
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'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he had been kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"
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Rick Springfield On Divorce, God And The Loch Ness Monster

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to singer and actor Rick Springfield about his debut novel, Magnificent Vibration, a fantastical story about a man with a 1-800 number to God.
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'Explorers' Search For The Source Of The World's Longest River

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Martin Dugard about his new book, The Explorers, which tells the harrowing story of two adventurers and their search for the source of the Nile.
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The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History

The knish is a classic Jewish comfort food — a pillow of dough filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes. Author Laura Silver says that the New York knish is also filled with stories.

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