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Chewing Chia Packs A Superfood Punch

You might know them best in pet form, but the tiny little seeds have moved beyond their terra cotta figurines to become an increasingly popular health food. Wayne Coates writes about the benefits of chia seed in Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.
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In 'Red Chamber,' A Love Triangle For The Ages

Before most Chinese readers learned of Romeo and Juliet, they fell for Dream of the Red Chamber. The 18th-century novel follows a love triangle between a boy and his two female cousins. It's been called China's greatest literary work, and now a new adaptation hopes to introduce it to an American audience.
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'Sunny Chernobyl': Beauty In A Haze Of Pollution

In some of the dirtiest places on Earth, author and environmentalist Andrew Blackwell found something worth looking at. His book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl, tours the deforestation of the Amazon, the oil sand mines in Canada and the world's most polluted city, located in China.
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Kurt Andersen: "True Believers"

You know Kurt Andersen as a journalist and host of public radio's Studio 360. But he's also a novelist and joins Kojo to talk about his latest book and varied career.

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"Reading Rainbow" Returns: LeVar Burton

Actor LeVar Burton on the roles that have defined his career and the relaunch of "Reading Rainbow."

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Stephan Talty: "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

The D-Day invasion of Normandy was pivotal to the outcome of World War II. The story of a double agent who helped shape this battle and defeat the Nazis.

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Black Officials More Likely Probed For Corruption?

In Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics, author George Derek Musgrove looks at the history of black elected officials being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. He examines the role of race in U.S. politics between 1965 and 1995. Musgrove shares his research with guest host Maria Hinojosa.
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Original Fiction In All The 'Shades' Of Fandom

Fifty Shades of Grey, the biggest phenomenon in publishing right now, began as a work of fan fiction based on the Twilight books. Now, author E.L. James is taking the series to the ultimate fans: attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

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