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Amid Debt Crisis, A Trail Of Broken 'Promises'

Financial writer Philip Coggan traces the current global financial crisis to the 1970s, when the U.S. went off the gold standard. In his book Paper Promises, Coggan says governments will have to choose whether to keep their promises to their creditors or to their citizens.
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Dickens At 200: A Birthday You Can't 'Bah Humbug'

For nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens' colorful characters and memorable expressions have worked their way into the vernacular. The prolific 19th-century English novelist left behind 989 named characters and two dozen novels full of the pathos and comedy of London's rich and poor.
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Is White, Working Class America 'Coming Apart'?

In his new book, Charles Murray, co-author of the controversial The Bell Curve, argues that in an increasingly economically stratified America, the white working class is slipping behind.
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Comedian Baratunde Thurston On 'How To Be Black'

Thurston is the son of a pro-black, pan-African mother. He straddled the worlds between his troubled neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and the elite halls of Harvard University. He speaks with host Michel Martin about some of his witty and profound thoughts on race. His new book How To Be Black is part of Tell Me More's memoir series for Black History Month.
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'The Fear Index' Trades In Thrills

Dr. Alex Hoffman is a billionaire genius who invented a form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets. When the security of his mansion is breached, though, he is thrown into a web of paranoia and violence.

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