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Remembering George Szell, Powerhouse Conductor

Michael Charry's new biography captures the power Szell brought to the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as his tempestuous personality.
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Science, The Supernatural Key To 'Night's' Alchemy

Deborah Harkness combines serious academic research with occult romance in her novels, the latest of which is Shadow of Night.
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Wish You Were Here: City Kayaking In Seattle

We all have a place where we can go to get away — even if it's only in our mind's eye. Writer Jess Walter loves days spent paddling on Lake Union.
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SciFri Book Club Talks Silent Spring

The Science Friday Book Club meets for the first time this week, to talk about Rachel Carson's classic book, Silent Spring. Carson biographer William Souder joins Ira Flatow and Flora Lichtman to discuss Carson's writing style and the book's legacy, 50 years after it was published.
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Mark Billingham Is A Fan Of The Dark Side Of London

Three weeks before the London Summer Olympics, we are going to see the seedier side of the city. Mystery writer Mark Billingham shows off some of the places that inspired his dark, twisted thrillers. (This piece initially aired August 10, 2009 on Morning Edition).
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Jamaica Does Literary Fest With A Caribbean Twist

Rasta men, international literati and jerk chicken are just some of what you'll find at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, an event that is reinventing the lit fest tradition by adding a distinctly Jamaican spirit. You may never look at those other wine-and-cheese shindigs in the same way.

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