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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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'Hallwalkers': The Ghosts Of The State Department

Veteran Foreign Service officer Peter Van Buren wrote a book critical of the State Department. And although the department approved the publication, Van Buren says State officials retaliated against him, effectively ending his career.
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Meet The Mathematical 'Genius In My Basement'

In the mid-1980s, Simon Norton was considered one of the great mathematical prodigies of the 20th century. Decades later, biographer Alexander Masters just knew him as the unkempt, eccentric man who lived downstairs. Their friendship is documented in Simon: The Genius in My Basement.
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A Theologian Has A Falling Out With God In 'Still'

In her new book, Lauren Winner writes about the spiritual crisis she experienced when she was "no longer in the glow" of converting to Christianity.
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'Watergate' Revisited: Inside The Criminal Minds

In his latest novel, Thomas Mallon takes a fresh look at the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, re-imagining it through the eyes of the cast of characters involved.
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Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

Athenaeums are social libraries, cornerstones of a community where you don't just borrow books — you can visit cherished antiquities, hold talks, attend parties and even bring your dog. In Providence, R.I., the "Ath" is a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party.
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NewsPoet: Craig M. Teicher Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Craig Morgan Teicher. Want to write your own poem about the days news? You can put them in the comments below.

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