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Book Review: 'Bowl Of Heaven'

Critic Alan Cheuse sends us into the cosmos with his review of Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven.
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Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

The famed neurologist talks to Fresh Air about how grief, trauma, brain injury, medications and neurological disorders can trigger hallucinations — and about his personal experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs in the 1960s.
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An 'Oddly Normal' Outcome For A Singular Child

From the time their son Joe was 3, John Schwartz and his wife Jeanne Mixon suspected he was gay. They supported him through troubles in school, and when he decided to come out — but as a teen, Joe attempted suicide. Their memoir Oddly Normal chronicles their experiences.
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A Lesson In Making Math Cool For Girls

Women make up nearly half of the college-educated workforce, but hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs — as in jobs that involve science, technology, engineering and math. Actress turned mathematician Danica McKellar wants to turn those numbers around. She speaks to host Michel Martin about her latest math book for young girls, Girls Get Curves.
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The Onion Book Of Known Knowledge

We check in with the editor of The Onion about their coverage of election 2012 and their latest book, “The Onion Book of Known Knowledge."

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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 9 Winner Is...

After six weeks and nearly 4,000 stories, we've reached the end of Round 9 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest, where we ask listeners to come up with an original short story that can be read in about three minutes. This round's judge, novelist Brad Meltzer, has chosen the winner.
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'Richard Burton Diaries' Unveil A Theatrical Life

Actor Richard Burton was one of the most acclaimed actors of his time, but his tumultuous relationship with Elizabeth Taylor captured the public's curiosity. A new book of his diaries reveals his dramatic personal life. Host Rachel Martin talks to Burton's daughter, Kate, and Chris Williams, who edited the diaries.
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Nick, Nora (And Asta) Return In 'Thin Man' Novellas

Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Now, for the first time, the stories of After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man have been published as novellas.

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