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A Conversation With Author Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes, one of the most influential writers in the Latin American world, died Tuesday at a hospital in Mexico City. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers the prolific author with excerpts from a 1987 interview.
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'Patriot Of Persia' Revisits 1953 CIA Coup In Iran

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Christopher de Bellaigue about his book Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup.
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Just What's Inside Those Breasts?

In her new book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, Florence Williams offers her take on why breasts are getting bigger and developing earlier, why tumors seem to gravitate toward the breast, and how toxins from the environment may be affecting hormones and breast development.
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Stevenage: A Place Where You Can't Be From

In England, the town of Stevenage was created after World War II by the British government. Journalist Gary Younge talks to David Greene about his experience growing up in the planned community. Young has written an essay on Stevenage in the current issue of the literary magazine Granta.
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Lessons In Counterterrorism From The Octopus

Ecologist and "natural security expert" Rafe Sagarin thinks our systems for dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks need to be updated. The best place to turn for advice? Other organisms.
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History, Heartbreak And 'The Chemistry Of Tears'

The hero and the heroine of Peter Carey's new novel are separated by 150 years — and are brought together by an enormous, 19th-century, mechanical duck. The Chemistry of Tears is the 12th novel by the Australian-born, two-time Booker Prize-winning author.

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