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The 'Curious' Story Of Robert 'Believe It Or Not!' Ripley

Neal Thompson's new biography traces the life of the newspaper cartoonist who became an international celebrity and media superstar. Ripley's pioneering mix of the strange, the shocking and the barely believable shaped the way Americans saw the world.
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A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

When author Anthony Marra became interested in Chechnya, he realized there was no Western fiction rooted in the region -- something he set out to change. We talk with Marra, a D.C. native, about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."

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Hard Art: DC's Punk Scene 1979

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye on D.C.'s unique underground music scene.

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"Born On A Mountaintop:" The Legend Of Davy Crockett

We explore how legend transformed Davy Crockett into a pop culture icon, from the plays and folklore of his time to Disney’s “Crockett craze” in the 1950s and beyond.

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Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

A debut novel set in post-revolutionary Iran based on the true story of the author’s own birth in a prison in Tehran. The book follows the lives of several political prisoners and their children, who inherit their country’s tenuous future.


With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt

Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. In College (Un)bound, he describes the challenges facing American higher education and takes a close look at what college students are getting in return for their tuition.

'Shocked': Patricia Volk's Memoir About Beauty And Its Beholders

Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.