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Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

A central misunderstanding, Greg Toppo writes, is that video game-based learning is somehow "easier." Often, he says, it's hard work, but students love the challenge.
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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

In her new book, social researcher Wednesday Martin examines the sometimes puzzling culture of motherhood in that most exotic of locales — Manhattan's Upper East Side.
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When Art Imitates Life: Veteran CIA Officer Writes Second Spy Novel

They say write what you know. For retired CIA officer Jason Matthews, it's spying. He talks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new thriller, Palace of Treason, inspired by his clandestine career.
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Novel's Main Character Has Four Strings And Lots Of Glamour

A Stradivarius cello is at the center of Elena Delbanco's new novel, The Silver Swan. Delbanco dicusses how the book echoes her own childhood, as the daughter of a renowned cellist.
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North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'

In his new memoir, Joseph Kim tells the harrowing tale of his journey from being homeless on the streets of North Korea to a college student in America.
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'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

"He had an underground kind of appeal that built on itself," says author Mark Ribowsky, whose book Dreams to Remember traces Redding's unlikely pivot into national stardom.
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How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's Childhood Story

When Will Hodgkinson was a kid, his father, a journalist, was hit with a bad case of food poisoning. Over the long recovery period, he rethought his life — and decided to join the Brahma Kumaris.
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Bringing Tales Of WWII To American Radios And Bookshelves

Bill Shirer brought stories of war in Europe into American homes. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ken Cuthbertson about his new book, A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century.
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For Actress Maria Bello, Family May Be Complicated, But 'Love Is Love'

In her memoir Whatever ... Love is Love, Bello describes the evolution of her "modern family," which includes her romantic partner (a woman), her adolescent son and her son's father.
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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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