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Coco Chanel, Unlikely Icon of Fashion

Coco Chanel's name is synonymous with high fashion and luxury. In a recent biography Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, author Lisa Chaney chronicles the life, loves and career of the fashion icon. In this installment of Tell Me More's biography series for Women's History Month host Michel Martin talks with Chaney.
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'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Companies like 3M allow their employees to have an hour a day to do whatever they want: work on a side project or tinker with a hobby. In doing so, they're helping their employees become more creative — and increasing their productivity, says science writer Jonah Lehrer in his new book, Imagine.
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'Shoah' Director Tells His Story In 'Patagonian Hare'

Claude Lanzmann's memoir, recently translated into English, details his career as a journalist and filmmaker, his friendships and his loves — especially his long relationship with writer and feminist Simone de Beauvoir. Lanzmann, now 87, spent 12 years working on his 1985 Holocaust documentary, Shoah.
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Ahmed Rashid: Pakistan Lurches From Crisis To Crisis

In his latest book, Pakistan on the Brink, journalist Ahmed Rashid writes that he fears Pakistan is on the verge of a "meltdown." Rashid explains some of the challenges facing the country, as well as the complicated relationship both Pakistan and Afghanistan have with the United States.
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Ringing In Norouz, A Time For Family And Good Eats

For Iranian-Americans and for others from the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the first day of Spring is also Norouz, the beginning of a New Year.
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That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking

In his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, Kevin Smith, the director who kicked off his career 20 years ago with Clerks, explains how he got into the movie business — and why he's walking away from it now.
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'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination

In his new book, Imagine, Jonah Lehrer explores the art and science of original thinking — from Shakespearean tragedies to the invention of masking tape to Nike's "Just Do It" campaign. And when you get stuck? "Take a very long, warm shower," Lehrer says.
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Blurring The Line Between Life And Death

Science writer Dick Teresi and transplant surgeon Richard Freeman discuss the ethics of transplant surgery and how doctors determine the point between life and death.
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'Damn Good Advice' From One Of The Real 'Mad Men'

Pioneering ad man George Lois is here to help you "unleash your creative potential." In his new book, Lois shares his secrets for making a catchy commercial that will stick in your head. The No. 1 rule? Be outrageous.

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