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Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."
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Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.
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'Invention Of Russia' Chronicles The Fall Of The USSR To Today

Arkady Ostrovsky talks to Mary Louise Kelly about his new book, The Invention of Russia, which looks back on the 25 years from the fall of the Soviet Union to Putin's Russia today.
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Linda Greenhouse And Jeffrey Rosen On The Supreme Court, Past And Present

Two Supreme Court scholars use the lens of history to discuss the ongoing vacancy on the bench, and what's at stake for the Court and the country in the 2016 election.

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'The Fractured Republic' Explores How Nostalgia Led To Polarized Politics

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Yuval Levin about his latest book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. He argues both liberal and conservative Americans' nostalgia for the past has led to today's polarized national life.
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Revisiting The Tenure Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, The 'Jewish Jefferson'

One hundred years ago, Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court. Author Jeffrey Rosen says that Brandeis was also the most far-seeing progressive justice of the 20th century.
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A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat'

Why don't traditional diets work for many people? Blame your brain, suggests Sandra Aamodt. Her new book delves into the science of why eating and weight have become such a sizable problem.
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Barbara Boxer: "The Art Of Tough"

Senator Barbara Boxer is retiring after 34 years in Congress, but insists she won't stop fighting for the causes she believes in. In a new memoir, she chronicles her political career spanning four decades and shares what she's learned about being tough in politics.

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'Black Gods Of The Asphalt' Takes Basketball Beyond The Court

When you see a bunch of guys playing street basketball you might not just see a game. In his new book Black Gods of the Asphalt author Onaje Woodbine shows how it's also a spiritual experience.
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Muslims Are Just The Latest In History Of Scapegoats, Author Says

In his book Scapegoats, human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar says Muslims are the newest group in the U.S. to be ostracized. But there is a long history of groups before them facing discrimination.

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