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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.
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Lessons On Blindness, 'For The Benefit Of Those Who See'

Braille Without Borders was the first school for the blind in Tibet, founded by a German woman who is blind herself, Sabriya Tenberken. On assignment profiling Tenberken, writer Rosemary Mahoney had to face her own fear of losing her sight and challenge long-standing misconceptions about blindness.
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Congress Gets A Beating In Gates Memoir, Too

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a new memoir out that serves up some tough criticism of President Obama and Congress. NPR's Arun Rath talks to correspondent Liz Halloran about the punches being thrown.
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Months After Marriage, A Military Wife Becomes An 'Unremarried Widow'

Artis Henderson was just 26 when her husband, Miles, died in Iraq. Marrying him meant leaving behind the life she had planned for herself — and his death redefined her life all over again. Henderson's debut memoir is called Unremarried Widow.
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The 'Lone Survivor' Tells The Story Of A Tragic Navy Mission

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of a mission in Afghanistan in 2005, where along with three other SEALS he was tasked with killing a top Taliban commander. His story became the basis of his book, Lone Survivor, which has now been turned into a movie. Luttrell talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his story.
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Bringing 'Dead Authors' To Life For Book-Smart Comedy

Every month, comedian Paul F. Tompkins plays the late science fiction author H.G. Wells in hosting different famed writers (played by some of comedy's hottest stars) for in-depth interviews about their work, their personal lives and their anger at critics.
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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver.
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As Zamata Joins 'SNL,' A Look At — And Beyond — The Prism Of Race

Saturday Night Live recently announced that they were hiring Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast in six years. For our series This Week's Must Read, author Danielle Evans recommends a book that can give readers an idea of how Zamata might feel: Get Down, a short story collection by Asali Solomon.
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Scott Stossel: "My Age Of Anxiety"

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel's new book explores his own acute anxiety disorders and attempts at treatment, as well as the fascinating science and history behind these psychological conditions.

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"The Burglary:" The Inside Story Of FBI Surveillance

A new book reveals the long-secret identities of the 1971 burglars who disclosed FBI documents that proved the agency was spying on black and anti-war activists.

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