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In 2012, '50 Shades' Of Nearly Everything

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin explores the literary and linguistic phenomenon given life by the romantic novel Fifty Shades of Grey with book critic Ron Charles of The Washington Post. Hardly a day goes by without some reporter or commentator describing very different circumstances through the lens of "fifty shades" of something, and Charles explains why.
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Romantic Reads From Shakespeare To Steampunk (Heavy On The Steam)

Writer Eloisa James gathers the best of 2012's romance subgenres. Expect lots of heat, in the most unexpected places and with some unlikely people: From the military to the paranormal, and from Shakespeare to steampunk, James' picks for the year skip across oceans and genres.
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5 Young Adult Novels That You'll Never Outgrow

It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. Debates raged over what constituted a young adult novel versus an adult novel. This list isn't concerned with classification — it rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
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The SciFri Book Club Tours 'The Planets'

The SciFri Book Club is touring the solar system, with Dava Sobel's 2005 The Planets. Call in with a review of the book. Plus Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA, joins the club to give an update on what's happened planet-wise since the book was published.
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'Miss Subways': A Trip Back In Time To New York's Melting Pot

Between 1941 and 1976, New York commuters were charmed by posters of regular New York women while riding the city's trains and buses. "Miss Subways" was selected each month by New Yorkers, in a pageant that reflected America's diversity long before the nation's other beauty contests.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky: "The Myths of Happiness"

For many people, the holiday season and new year is a time to reflect on their well-being. We ask ourselves how happy we have been, and how we can find more happiness in the months to come. The answers seem straightforward: make more...

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