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Vladimir Putin's World View Was Shaped By KGB

Russia holds a presidential election this Sunday, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win. If he does, he'll return to the office he held from 2000 to 2008. Putin is the subject of the book, The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia. David Greene talks to its author Angus Roxburgh, a journalist who once served as a public relations adviser to the Putin-run Kremlin.
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'Am I My Genes?': Fate, Family And Genetic Testing

Advances in genetic testing have greatly improved the chances for diagnosis and treatment of disease. In Am I My Genes?, Dr. Robert Klitzman explores the challenges individuals face when they gain more knowledge about the implications of their genetic makeup.
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'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

Journalist Craig Timberg, the former Johannesburg bureau chief for The Washington Post, says international AIDS organizations working in Africa went off in the wrong direction in fighting the spread of HIV across the continent.
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China On The Court: NBA Meets The 'Brave Dragons'

A new book follows an American basketball veteran as he coaches a struggling Chinese pro basketball team. Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Yardley has a courtside seat from which to observe China's frantic capitalist expansion and its ambivalent fascination with all things American.
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Black People: Naturally Cool?

A new collection of essays ponders the provocative question of whether black people are naturally cool or if they must work at it. Margo Jefferson and Helena Andrews share their thoughts in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. They speak with host Michel Martin.
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'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says space exploration is a key to transforming our economy and will play a crucial role in American success in the years to come. It "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology, and that's the culture that innovates," he says.
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How You Can Harness 'The Power Of Habit'

In his new book, Charles Duhigg explores cutting-edge research into the neuroscience of habit formation — and how companies and advertisers are using it to their advantage.

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