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Left-Handedness: No Longer Suspect; Still A Mystery

Lefties get a bad rap — they're sometimes called untrustworthy or insincere, and some dubious studies even claim they die young. Author Rik Smits sets out to debunk those claims in a new book, The Puzzle of Left-handedness.
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A Look At North Korean Ideology

Robert Siegel talks to B.R. Myers, author of the book The Cleanest Race: How the North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, who takes an unorthodox look at the North Korean regime and its people. They discuss the expressions of grief displayed by North Koreans for their leader.
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Learning 'Sri Lankan Home Cooking' A Family Affair

A child of Sri Lankan immigrants, music journalist S.H. "Skiz" Fernando, Jr. grew up eating Sri Lankan food. But he didn't master the art of the cuisine until he moved to Sri Lanka and enlisted the help of his aunts. Fernando shares the results in Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking.
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Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death And Children's Lit

His latest book Bumble-ardy is a deeply imaginative tale about an orphaned pig who longs for a birthday party. Sendak, who is 83, wrote and illustrated the book while caring for his longtime partner, who died of cancer in 2007. "I did Bumble-ardy to save myself," Sendak says. "I did not want to die with him."
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True Grit: 'Into The Silence' Scales Everest

Wade Davis' gripping Into the Silence tells the story of the British climbers who attempted to scale Mount Everest in the 1920s, becoming symbols of national pride and imperial ambition.
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Fannie, Freddie 'Catastrophe' Began In 1991

It's been more than three years since the government bailed out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Gretchen Morgenson, of The New York Times, has co-authored a book about Fannie and Freddie called Reckless Endangerment. Morgenson talks to Linda Wertheimer about the taxpayer-owned entities.
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Bill Cosby Enlists Santa's Staff For A Silent Night

Every year, the comedian's three young grandchildren visit him for Christmas. Problem is, "they're annoying," he says. So Cosby came up with a plan to calm the squabbling children and restore Christmas cheer to his household.

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