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Remembering George Szell, Powerhouse Conductor

Michael Charry's new biography captures the power Szell brought to the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as his tempestuous personality.
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Science, The Supernatural Key To 'Night's' Alchemy

Deborah Harkness combines serious academic research with occult romance in her novels, the latest of which is Shadow of Night.
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Mark Billingham Is A Fan Of The Dark Side Of London

Three weeks before the London Summer Olympics, we are going to see the seedier side of the city. Mystery writer Mark Billingham shows off some of the places that inspired his dark, twisted thrillers. (This piece initially aired August 10, 2009 on Morning Edition).
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August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.

Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
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Jimmy Fallon's Tribute To Neil Young

Fallon talks with Terry Gross about listening to the radio and doing impressions of people like Neil Young.
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Cooking Everything? Bittman Gets Back To 'Basics'

In his new book, How to Cook Everything: The Basics, Mark Bittman explains with careful instructions and 1,000 colorful photos how to stock your pantry, how to dice vegetables, which knives you should buy — and to really get back to basics — how to boil water. Originally broadcast March 19, 2012.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.: A Life Spent Tracing Roots

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is perhaps best known for his research tracing the family and genetic history of famous African Americans. A selection of his writings on race, politics and culture appear in The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader. Originally broadcast May 8, 2012.

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