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The Unsung Heroine Who Helped Shape 'Suicide Squad'

The late Kim Yale co-wrote the comic book series that inspired the film hitting theaters this weekend. Neda Ulaby talked to several people who are happy to see her contributions recognized.
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John Dickerson: "Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories From Presidential Campaign History"

"Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson shares his favorite stories from presidential campaign history -- the ones he says journalists rehash long after the fact. From forgotten moments to familiar tales: memorable scenes from campaign history in America.

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Whose Side Was She On? 'American Heiress' Revisits Patty Hearst's Kidnapping

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances."
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Luke Dittrich: "Patient H.M.: Memory, Madness And Family Secrets"

A journalist explores his family's past to tell a story of mental illness, medical ethics and the most studied brain in history.

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'The Fire This Time': A New Generation Of Writers On Race In America

Author Jesmyn Ward invited prominent writers from her generation to pen essays for The Fire This Time. It's a nod to James Baldwin's work of a similar name, which warned of today's racial tension.
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Detroit Bookseller Picks 3 Nonfiction Books For Your Summer

Janet Webster Jones recommends Why Grow Up? by Susan Neiman, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and A History Of Food In 100 Recipes by William Sitwell.
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Publishers' Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor's Gut?

Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.
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A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.
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A Conversation With Author Jonathan Franzen

Fifteen years ago Jonathan Franzen became a literary sensation with his novel, "The Corrections." The novels "Freedom" and "Purity" came next. Jonathan Franzen on his life, career and his persona as a curmudgeon.

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Beyond 'Bright Lights': Jay McInerney Reveals The Trials Of A 'Perfect Couple'

McInerney became famous in the 1980s for his semi-autobiographical novel about a hard-partying young man in Manhattan. His new book, Bright, Precious Days, probes the challenges of a lasting marriage.

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