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DC's Urban Legends

Professional tour guide and author Robert Pohl debunks the truth behind some of the city's most persistent myths.

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'The Great Glass Sea' by Josh Weil

Kojo explores the futuristic Russian society created by novelist Josh Weil in his debut novel, "The Great Glass Sea."

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When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.
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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.
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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
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Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.
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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.
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Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.
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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.
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The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

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