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Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.
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Not My Job: We Quiz Novelist Amy Tan On Tanning Techniques

Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, and most recently, The Valley of Amazement. We'll ask her three questions about just how far people will go to achieve that golden bronze look.
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In 1879, Explorers Set Sail To Solve Arctic Mystery, Once And For All

In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.
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WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
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Remembering Dick Smith, Hollywood's 'Godfather of Make-up'

Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood's most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith's legendary career.
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Robots & Pop Culture

We consider the role of robots - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.
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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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