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A Look At India's New Leader, Through The Lens Of Literature

Narendra Modi is a Hindu nationalist and political outsider who won India's election in a landslide. To understand India's political history, author Akash Kapur recommends a book by V.S. Naipaul.
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Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says

The U.K.-based newspaper says the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a treatise on income inequality, may have gotten some of his data wrong.
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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.
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"China's Second Continent" with Howard French

China has developed close ties with nations across the African continent through investment in infrastructure projects, purchase of mineral rights, and growing trade. Perhaps the biggest influence, though, will come from the million-plus Chinese migrants seeking their fortune on the continent.

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True Tales of American Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues (Rebroadcast)

Americans have always been fascinated by criminals, immortalizing notorious bad guys on screen and on the page. But many of our most diabolical and misguided citizens have been overlooked by history books. Paul Martin highlights a colorful...

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Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Also: Amazon has removed the "Buy" buttons from a number of Hachette titles; Hassan Blasim's short story collection The Iraqi Christ has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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In Cunningham's Latest, Powerful Language Makes Up For Weak Plot

Michael Cunningham's newest novel is named after a fairy tale. But this is no Disney fantasy. Instead The Snow Queen is a story of death, drugs and aging (not always gracefully).
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A Second Posthumous Collection From Rock Critic Ellen Willis

The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.
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Book News: Sam Greenlee, Author Of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door,' Dies

Also: Philip Roth schedules another interview; Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography.
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40 Years After Watergate, A Look Back At Nixon's Downfall

Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.

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