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Second Booker Win Puts Mantel Among Literary Elite

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon on author Hilary Mantel's big win. She recently became the first woman ever to win two Man Booker Prizes. Both were for her historical fiction series about Thomas Cromwell.
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Overachieving Kids

It's something of a cliche that kids today are overscheduled, grade-obsessed and under enormous pressure to land at the right school. We ask two experts how parents can rethink priorities and raise happy, well-adjusted kids.

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Green Energy And All Things Tech With Alexis Madrigal

We talk with journalist and author Alexis Madrigal about putting today's tech stories in context and what energy entrepreneurs can learn from the past.

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Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk: Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores the practical, medical and moral issues facing pet owners at the end of a companion animal’s life.

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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her"

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. But he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

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Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.
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Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

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Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

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Michael Sandel: "What Money Can't Buy"

Harvard professor Michael Sandel on whether there's something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale.

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