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Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.
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Jonah Berger: "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior"

In his new book, author Jonah Berger says we don't realize it but others have a huge influence on the choices we make, both large and small.

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A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.
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'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.
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In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.
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Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.
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Annie Proulx's Bloody New Novel 'Barkskins' Is About More Than Deforestation

Barkskins follows two loggers' stories over three centuries. Proulx says the forest is the hero of her book, but it's also "one facet of larger things, like climate change and the melting of the ice."
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Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.
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'Invention Of Russia' Chronicles The Fall Of The USSR To Today

Arkady Ostrovsky talks to Mary Louise Kelly about his new book, The Invention of Russia, which looks back on the 25 years from the fall of the Soviet Union to Putin's Russia today.
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Linda Greenhouse And Jeffrey Rosen On The Supreme Court, Past And Present

Two Supreme Court scholars use the lens of history to discuss the ongoing vacancy on the bench, and what's at stake for the Court and the country in the 2016 election.

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