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Basketball Legend Shares 'Charmed, Tormented Life'

Jerry West is literally the symbol of the National Basketball Association; his silhouette is the NBA's logo. Host Scott Simon talks to the former player about his life both on and off the court, documented in his new memoir, West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.
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Catherine The Great: First She Read, Then She Ruled

Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
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A Global History, Told Through '100 Objects'

In the book A History of the World in 100 Objects, the director of the British Museum chose 100 objects from his institution's collection of thousands to tell a surprisingly comprehensive history of the world.
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Exploring 'The Hidden Reality' Of Parallel Worlds

It is possible that there are many other universes that exist parallel to our universe. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, explains how that's possible in the new book, The Hidden Reality.
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Punk Rock Grows Up, And Grays, In 'Other F Word'

Punk rock has provided the anthems of angsty teenagerdom for decades — but as the genre's idols age, they've found themselves with teenagers of their own. In The Other F Word, director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins profiles punk rockers facing a paradoxical challenge — fatherhood.
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Joan Didion: Crafting An Elegy For Her Daughter

Two years after the death of her husband, Joan Didion suffered the untimely loss of her only daughter. She pieces together her memories of Quintana Roo in her new memoir, Blue Nights.

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