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'Invention Of Russia' Chronicles The Fall Of The USSR To Today

Arkady Ostrovsky talks to Mary Louise Kelly about his new book, The Invention of Russia, which looks back on the 25 years from the fall of the Soviet Union to Putin's Russia today.
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Linda Greenhouse And Jeffrey Rosen On The Supreme Court, Past And Present

Two Supreme Court scholars use the lens of history to discuss the ongoing vacancy on the bench, and what's at stake for the Court and the country in the 2016 election.

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'Curious George' Learns How American-Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

Curious George has celebrated Christmas, welcomed Easter and marked the eight days of Hanukkah. And now, the iconic little monkey is curious about another world faith: Islam.
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'The Fractured Republic' Explores How Nostalgia Led To Polarized Politics

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Yuval Levin about his latest book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. He argues both liberal and conservative Americans' nostalgia for the past has led to today's polarized national life.
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'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the books when they came out. Their experience — maturing alongside Harry — was unique.
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Revisiting The Tenure Of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, The 'Jewish Jefferson'

One hundred years ago, Brandeis became the first Jewish justice on the Supreme Court. Author Jeffrey Rosen says that Brandeis was also the most far-seeing progressive justice of the 20th century.
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In 'Homegoing,' A Saga Of A Family United By Blood, Separated By Slavery

Yaa Gyasi's debut short story collection begins in 18th century Ghana, where the slave trade separates two half sisters. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Homegoing a strong work with versatile language.
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A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat'

Why don't traditional diets work for many people? Blame your brain, suggests Sandra Aamodt. Her new book delves into the science of why eating and weight have become such a sizable problem.
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Barbara Boxer: "The Art Of Tough"

Senator Barbara Boxer is retiring after 34 years in Congress, but insists she won't stop fighting for the causes she believes in. In a new memoir, she chronicles her political career spanning four decades and shares what she's learned about being tough in politics.

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Nutrition In 'The First 1,000 Days' Of Life Can Shape A Child's Future

In his new book, journalist Roger Thurow chronicles the obstacles that women around the globe face in raising healthy babies.

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