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Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

Writer Barbara Kingsolver is one of a handful of novelists with a science background, and she puts it to use in her new novel Flight Behavior. Kingsolver discusses the book and why she chose to look at the the issue of climate change in a fictional work set in rural Tennessee.
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What Happens When Kids Fall 'Far From The Tree'

Sometimes a son isn't a chip off the old block, and a mother isn't anything like her daughter. Straight parents have gay kids; hearing parents have deaf kids; and autistic kids are born to parents who don't have autism. In a new book, Andrew Solomon looks at how families cope with their differences.
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'Crushing Eastern Europe' Behind The 'Iron Curtain'

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum describes the tactics the Soviets used after World War II to take over and transform much of Eastern Europe. Her book Iron Curtain was recently nominated for the National Book Award.
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Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

The famed neurologist talks to Fresh Air about how grief, trauma, brain injury, medications and neurological disorders can trigger hallucinations — and about his personal experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.
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An 'Oddly Normal' Outcome For A Singular Child

From the time their son Joe was 3, John Schwartz and his wife Jeanne Mixon suspected he was gay. They supported him through troubles in school, and when he decided to come out — but as a teen, Joe attempted suicide. Their memoir Oddly Normal chronicles their experiences.
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A Lesson In Making Math Cool For Girls

Women make up nearly half of the college-educated workforce, but hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs — as in jobs that involve science, technology, engineering and math. Actress turned mathematician Danica McKellar wants to turn those numbers around. She speaks to host Michel Martin about her latest math book for young girls, Girls Get Curves.

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