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Ta-Nehisi Coates Hopes 'Black Panther' Will Be Some Kid's 'Spider-Man'

Coates has written a new series of Black Panther comics telling the story of an African prince turned superhero. "Comic book heroes are like our mythology," he says. "They're our Greek gods."
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Encore: Author Explores The Murder Of Kitty Genovese

Winston Moseley, the man who brutally murdered Catherine "Kitty" Genovese in March 1964, has died in prison at age 81. This story originally aired on March 3, 2014, on All Things Considered.
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Meet The 'Rocket Girls,' The Women Who Charted The Course To Space

Before there were digital computers, there were "human computers," women who used pencils and paper to do the math that helped carry the U.S. into space. Nathalia Holt tells their story in a new book.
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Wax Tablets, Chicken Rustling And The Medieval Roots Of The Modern University

Universities have changed significantly since the Middle Ages. James Axtell describes just how far higher education has come in his new book, Wisdom's Workshop.
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'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'

The techniques Eric Fair used still weigh on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is Consequence.
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Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.

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'Music Was Always This Anchor': A Story Of Soul And Struggle

Rashod Ollison's memoir Soul Serenade is a coming-of-age story and playlist combined. He says he "could always tell" his mother's mood "by which Aretha Franklin song was on."
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The Surprising Story Behind Spam (The Food)

Author Ted Genoways traces the origins of canned spam in his book The Chain; Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food.
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How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way'

Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander's new effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy named Nick, written in verse. He says poetry is one key to keeping kids invested in what they're reading.
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How A Woman's 'True Crime' Addiction Helped Her Work Through A Traumatic Past

Author Kathryn Harrison's new book of essays is about her own family. She talks to Rachel Martin about coming to terms with one of the worst crimes that happened to her, perpetrated by her own father.

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