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A Young Man Gets 'Filthy Rich' Boiling, Bottling Tap Water

Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia explores life in the modern megalopolis and the growing scarcity of clean water. In search of his fortune, Hamid's protagonist lands on a scam to boil and sell tap water as bottled mineral water in a novel that takes inspiration from self-help books.
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Write A Little Every Day, You'll Have A Book

Katherine Paterson is the beloved author of many young adult novels, including "The Great Gilly Hopkins" and "Bridge to Terabithia." The American Library Association recently honored her with the Wilder Award for her body of work. Host Michel Martin talks to Paterson about how she's been able to tell so many authentic stories about young people.
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How The 'War On Terror' Became A War On 'Tribal Islam'

Steve Inskeep speaks with Akbar Ahmed about his book The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. In the late 1970s, Ahmed was in charge of the tribal area of Pakistan known as South Waziristan — a region he says is the most dangerous place in the world.
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Modern Interpretations Of Stress Place Focus On Feeling, Not Causes

"Stressed out" is a tough phrase to avoid these days. But as a society, how did we get to be so stressed? Audie Cornish talks with Dana Becker about her new book One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress As An Idea. Becker says there has been a cultural shift in this country that looks to cure stress, rather than fix those forces that cause it.

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