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Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'

A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, the drop is especially steep in Silicon Valley.

Genius Grant Helps Junot Diaz Focus On His Art

Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" and the no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that comes with it. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao talks about the grant, his writing process and how the award may affect his work.

In 'House,' Erdrich Sets Revenge On A Reservation

After his mother is sexually assaulted, 13-year-old Joe Coutts is desperate for answers. But when both official and tribal investigations let him down, he takes matters into his own hands. Louise Erdrich pits justice against vengeance in her new novel, The Round House.

Stacy London: Dangerous To Call Style Superficial

Stacy London is known for giving people life-changing makeovers on the hit TV show What Not To Wear. Now, she's out with a new book, The Truth About Style. Besides writing about why people should dress well, London talks about her struggle with self-esteem and how she found refuge in fashion. She speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee.
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Salman Khan: "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined"

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, talks about the current state of education and his efforts to provide a free online learning for anyone, anywhere.


Boozy Birth Of The American Mafia In Lehane's Latest

Author Dennis Lehane says he has always loved the clothes, cars and movies of the Prohibition era — which might be why he has set his new novel there. Live By Night doesn't tell the usual Prohibition story about whiskey smugglers — instead it heads south to Florida for a gritty tale of rumrunning.

Housekeeping Tips From One Mercurial 'Mommy'

She's been known to drink a bottle of Kahlua in the bathtub while ignoring the knocks of her kids outside. She has no shame, and she swears an extremely blue streak. In his new novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, humorist Ian Frazier spends a year in the life of a temperamental housewife.