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"American Panic:" Who Scares Us and Why

Kojo joins author Mark Stein to explore the roots of American political panic, why it occurs, and how you can stay calm amid a politically fueled firestorm.

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Obscure Producer's Clear Impact On 'The Dirty Business' Of R&B

In his short life, 1960s producer-songwriter Bert Berns made an indelible mark. He made many hits, but a changing industry brought tension to the studio, as told in the new book, Here Comes the Night.
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World War II In A New 'Light': Empathy Found In Surprising Places

The award-winning author Anthony Doerr's newest novel approaches old history with two unfamiliar perspectives: a blind French girl and a German orphan. He says WWII history is as important as ever.
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Talking Stick In Hand, Tom Robbins Tells His Own Story

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the irrepressible novelist about his latest book — a memoir this time, called Tibetan Peach Pie -- and why he hates being labeled as a counter-culture writer.
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A Woman Of Action Finds Freedom In The Outback In 'Untold'

The Untold is a fictionalized account of Jessie Hickman's life, a real-life outlaw on the run in the Australian outback. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Collins about her debut novel.
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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.
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"China's Second Continent" with Howard French

China has developed close ties with nations across the African continent through investment in infrastructure projects, purchase of mineral rights, and growing trade. Perhaps the biggest influence, though, will come from the million-plus Chinese migrants seeking their fortune on the continent.

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40 Years After Watergate, A Look Back At Nixon's Downfall

Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.
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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.
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In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure.

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