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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!

Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.
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Physicist Talks 'Great Leaps' Of Physical World In 'Seven Brief Lessons On Physics'

At only 78 pages long, Carlo Rovelli's "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" is certainly that. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about modern physics.
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When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.
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For Pulitzer Prize-Winner Gregory Pardlo, Poetry Offers 'Intimacy' Between Strangers

In the latest conversation marking the centenary of the Pulitzers, NPR's Scott Simon asks Gregory Pardlo what it means for a poet to win the prize and how it affects his poetry.
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Baltimore Author Discusses 'Living (And Dying) While Black'

Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. Originally broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.
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Cartoonist Daniel Clowes On Time Travel And Giving Readers Their Money's Worth

At 55, Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, Patience, uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.
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After Tragedy, 2 Families Find Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich's 'LaRose'

When an Ojibwe hunter accidentally kills his friend's child, he sends his own son to live with the grieving family. Erdrich says tribal family ties are "extremely close" and "much more fluid."
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Nathaniel Philbrick: "Valiant Ambition"

A new history of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, the best-selling author of "In the Heart of the Sea.” The story of how Benedict Arnold, America's most infamous traitor, unified a nation.

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'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.
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Friend Or Fiend? 'Pit Bull' Explores The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.

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