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'Beautiful Souls': Unlikely Resisters Inspired To Stand

In Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, And Heeding The Voice of Conscience In Dark Times, journalist Eyal Press writes about four "unexceptional people who took great risks" to help others.
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Trading The Road Of Anger For The Path To 'Patience'

Patience is a virtue that can be hard to recover when you're trapped in rush-hour traffic or stuck in a long line at the bank. In Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Allan Lokos explains the importance of abandoning anger and unhappiness and walking the path to patience.
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Putin Biography Chronicles Rise Of A 'Street Thug'

Media suppression, corruption and murder have marked the regime of Vladimir Putin, who is running for his third term as president in Russia's election next week. His rise to power is spelled out in journalist Masha Gessen's new book, The Man Without a Face.
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Two Books For Kids About How Hard It Is To Fit In

In February, the young readers in NPR's Backseat Book Club read a pair of books: The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai. They were published 60 years apart but share similar themes about standing out, getting teased and being strong.
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From Rural Farm To Capitol Hill, Step By Step

Bertie Bowman's Step by Step marks the final chapter of Tell Me More's Black History Month memoir series. Bowman was a farm worker in South Carolina, but a chance encounter with a senator brought him to the job of sweeping the Capitol steps. He now serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Bowman talks with host Michel Martin.
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The Man Working To Reverse-Engineer Your Brain

Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness.

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