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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.
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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.
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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?
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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.
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What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Pet's Behavior

Animal behaviorist John Bradshaw's books Cat Sense and Dog Sense detail what cat and dog owners should expect from their animals. Cat Sense originally aired Sept. 5, 2013. Dog Sense originally aired May 26, 2011.
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'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

In 2011, 28-year-old Derek Boogaard — one of the NHL's most fearsome fighters — was found dead of an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. He also showed signs of serious brain injury.
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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

This week, the CDC predicted there could be tens of thousands of Ebola cases if the disease is not controlled soon. Author Alaya Dawn Johnson turns to a favorite novel for wisdom amid this epidemic.
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Gene Luen Yang On Graphic Novels, Diversity And 'The Shadow Hero'

Amid calls for greater diversity in books for young readers, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang says authors and illustrators of all backgrounds must overcome the fear of creating characters with stories that don't mirror their own. We talk with Yang about the rising popularity of graphic novels, their role in education and how authors find the courage to create diverse characters.

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Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

In her latest collection, Margaret Atwood takes on death, dreadfulness and the use of fantasy. Though these stories are strange and wild, they all somehow ring true.
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Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics

Captain Underpants has once again topped the list of most-challenged books. Author Dav Pilkey says his tighty-whities-clad hero teaches kids a healthy lesson about questioning authority.

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