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Alexandra Horowitz: "On Looking"

Cognitive scientist and author Alexandra Horowitz writes about taking walks around her neighborhood with 11 experts to see what she's missing.

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Become A Successful Chinese Bureaucrat, In 5 Easy Steps

Tales of Machiavellian office politics are all the rage in China, where "bureaucracy lit" is flying off bookstore shelves. The books are read as both entertainment and as how-to guides for aspiring civil servants. Pioneers of the genre offer a path to success in China's corridors of power.
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Mapping A History Of The World, And Our Place In It

On the Map author Simon Garfield speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about the history of maps, how they can be used as political tools, and how GPS and modern mapping applications are changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the world.
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Re-Creating The 'Lost Carving' Of An English Genius

David Esterly's life was changed in the 1970s when he came across wood carvings done by Grinling Gibbons more than 300 years earlier. Esterly became a wood carver, and even re-created one of Gibbons' pieces that was destroyed in a fire.
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A Different Detroit, As A Native Tells It

Author Mark Binelli knows it isn't all great, but he still claims Detroit City Is the Place to Be. His book takes readers from decay to possibility in a new look at a city we thought we already knew so much about.
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'Death Of Bees' Captures A Grim, Gory Coming-Of-Age

"Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard." So begins Lisa O'Donnell's novel about two sisters who find their parents dead and, instead of reporting it, decide to keep it a secret until they can make it on their own.
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Simon Garfield: "On the Map"

From the very first maps charted by explorers to today's Google maps, author Simon Garfield traces the history of maps and our endless fascination with them.

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Susan Crawford: "Captive Audience"

A communications policy expert on why Americans are paying more for Internet access but getting much less.

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The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

Writer Laina Dawes has loved heavy metal ever since she got her first Kiss album at age 8. But the metal community hasn't always loved her back, as she explains in her book What Are You Doing Here?
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A Conversation With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor joins Diane to talk about her journey from a Bronx housing project to the nation's highest court.

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