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Giving Wing To A Story Of Climate Change

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel starts when millions of monarch butterflies alight on a mountain in eastern Tennessee. Yet, as author Brian Kimberling describes, the beautiful winged visitors in the novel reveal both humankind's effect on nature and the nature of humankind.
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'Crushing Eastern Europe' Behind The 'Iron Curtain'

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum describes the tactics the Soviets used after World War II to take over and transform much of Eastern Europe. Her book Iron Curtain was recently nominated for the National Book Award.
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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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