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Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.
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'Geek Love' Author Katherine Dunn Dies At 70

Author Katherine Dunn, who wrote the cult comic novel, Geek Love, has died at age 70. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dunn's son, Eli Dapolonia, about his mother's life and work.
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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.
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Marilu Henner and Michael Brown: "Changing Normal"

When Marilu Henner’s husband got a double cancer diagnosis, she vowed to help him get well... and avoid the life-altering treatments patients typically receive. The former “Taxi” star and her husband on their surprising journey to beat his cancer.

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'Valiant Ambition' Tells Of Benedict Arnold's Turn From Hero To Traitor

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.
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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!

Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.
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Physicist Talks 'Great Leaps' Of Physical World In 'Seven Brief Lessons On Physics'

At only 78 pages long, Carlo Rovelli's "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" is certainly that. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about modern physics.
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Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

For Pascal Baudar, LA is a treasure trove of edible plants and insects that he uses in unusual culinary creations. He helps some of the city's top chefs put wild foods on menus and has a new cookbook.
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The Ultimate Latin Dictionary: After 122 Years, Still At Work On The Letter 'N'

Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894 and carries on to this day in a Bavarian palace in Munich, Germany. There's still a long way to go for a project with a soft deadline of 2050.
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When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.

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