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Understanding History With 'Guns, Germs, And Steel'

Freshmen "common reads" are becoming increasingly popular at American colleges and universities. One of the more popular common read assignments is Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Originally broadcast on Sept. 8, 2011.
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The Day Buddy Guy 'Left Home,' Bound For The Blues

Guitar legend Buddy Guy has been called the bridge between the blues and rock 'n' roll. In his new memoir, When I Left Home, Guy describes what he calls his second birthday: the day he left his home of Louisiana for Chicago, the blues capital of the world. Originally broadcast on June 5, 2012.
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Super Man, Wonder Woman: The New Power Couple

Dating can be difficult at the best of times, but if you're the Man of Steel it's near impossible — until now. The latest edition of Justice League gives Superman a romantic break by pairing him up with Wonder Woman. According to Justice League writer Geoff Johns, the relationship will definitely cause tension around the office.
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The Writer Who Was The Voice Of A Generation

A new biography of David Foster Wallace traces the author's anxieties to childhood. Biographer D.T. Max says the accidents of Foster's life gave him the key to his writing.
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3 Celebrity Friendships That Weren't Meant To Be

In his new book, Hello Goodbye Hello, Craig Brown details real-life stories of famous people crossing paths, including one uncomfortable encounter between The Beatles and the king of rock 'n' roll.
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Following The Footnotes Of The Revolutionary War

Author Robert Sullivan retraces the steps of George Washington and his troops in his new book, My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78. It recounts the 30-mile trek north from the Delaware River.
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'Headbangers' And The New American Pastime

Not so long ago, baseball, not football, was the big professional sport to watch. That all changed in the 1970s. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with author Kevin Cook about his new book, The Last Headbangers: NFL Football In The Rowdy, Reckless 70s: The Era That Created Modern Sports.
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Kofi Annan On Syria, Hard Choices Of Peacekeeping

The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former secretary-general of the U.N. has co-authored a book on his life's work, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace. He spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about difficult experiences involving Kosovo and Rwanda, as well as the future of Syria.

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