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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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A 'Wild,' Solitary Journey On The Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail winds its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington state. Cheryl Strand decided to take on 1,100 miles of the trail alone on an impulse, after a series of life-changing events. Strand tells host Rachel Martin about her memoir, Wild, and how this untamed piece of nature broke her down and built her back up.
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'The Moon': Children's Book Tackles Lifelong Themes

Host Rachel Martin speaks with author Natalie Babbitt about her new book, The Moon Over High Street. Babbitt is a celebrated writer of children's literature, including the classic, Tuck Everlasting. She's won the Newbery Honor Medal and five of her books have been ALA Notable Children's Books.
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The Battle Of The Sexes: When Women Out-Earn Men

Liza Mundy, author of The Richer Sex, discusses the trend — and implications — of women becoming the primary breadwinners in their families, a phenomenon that cuts across race, class and geographic location.
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Minor Details: Three-Minute Fiction's Age Rules

When 11-year-old Kahlo Smith found out she couldn't enter Three-Minute Fiction she wanted to why.
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'The O'Briens': A Multigenerational Canadian Epic

Peter Behrens' new novel starts with a teen, ends with a railroad magnate, and covers plenty of ground in between. Canada's nation-building is the background of this sweeping family saga.
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A St. Patrick's Poem On Shamrocks And Stereotypes

Poet and Irish expatriate Frank Delaney has enjoyed success as a BBC host, Man Booker Prize judge and author of the best-selling novel, Ireland. To honor St. Patrick's Day, Delaney shares with Weekend Edition his original poem, Drowning the Shamrock.

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