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Understanding Congressional Gerrymandering: 'It's Moneyball Applied To Politics'

Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting.
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The Overlapping Lives Of George Washington And Robert E. Lee

WAMU Transportation Reporter Martin Di Caro talks a break from Metro for an evening to talk about Confederate General Robert E. Lee at a recent WAMU Books event at Kramerbooks.

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'Moon Of The Faith:' A History Of The Apricot And Its Many Pleasures

The Romans dubbed it the "precious one." Poets praised its beauty. The conquering Arabs took it to the Mideast, where the luxurious fruit was exploited in sugary confections.
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Jonah Berger: "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior"

In his new book, author Jonah Berger says we don't realize it but others have a huge influence on the choices we make, both large and small.

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A Childhood Of Transcendental Meditation, Spent In The 'Shadow Of A Guru'

Journalist Claire Hoffman grew up in a utopian community in Fairfield, Iowa. At first, she says, "it was entirely magical." Then doubt crept in. Hoffman's memoir is Greetings from Utopia Park.
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'Rich And Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam Captures Lives Very Different From His Own

The new novel "Rich and Pretty" follows two women who find themselves at a crossroad. Host Linda Wertheimer talks to author Rumaan Alam about writing characters that are nothing like oneself.
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In Debut Thriller Novel, Iain Reid Delivers Shivers Without Reader Knowing Why

Iain Reid has written a creepy but enthralling new novel, "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." It's a psychological thriller that keeps readers guessing. Host Linda Wertheimer talks with the author.
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Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.
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The Editor's Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero

The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe's massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.
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Wherefore Art Thou Romeo? Well, He Doesn't Have To Be

What if Romeo and Juliet had lived? In Ryan North's new "chooseable-path adventure" Romeo and/or Juliet, you can make sure the two never meet — or have them take over Verona in giant robot suits.

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