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How To Fall Forever Into The Night Sky

Gravity has long worked to keep us from understanding our place in the universe. You, however, can do something about that. Go find a dark, comfortable field and lie down. Soon your perspective on the stars, and our place among them, will shift, altering your view of the universe forever.
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Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.
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Wildfires Destroyed 'Big Chunks Of My Childhood'

Wildfires are raging across the West. Colorado resident and Morning Edition commentator Craig Childs, a veteran of many fires, describes the long-term damage to the landscape. Child's latest book is Apocalypse Planet: Field Guide to the Future of the Earth.
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Party Like It's 2009: Life And Friendship In The Great Recession

When the economy's dropping like an anvil, young professionals have to find ways to make do — and having friends always helps. Reviewer Alex Espinoza says Choire Sicha's Very Recent History is an insightful tale of friends weathering a tough economy in the big city.
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The Doctor, An Utterly Millennial Hero

Doctor Who fans waited with bated breath this summer for the announcement of the latest actor to play the Doctor. But the Doctor is more than a character on a show that millions love, he's arguably the chosen hero of the millennial generation.
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Week In Politics: NSA Surveillance, U.S.-Russia Relations

Melissa Block talks to political commentators Amy Sullivan correspondent for National Journal and director of the Next Economy Project, and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's news conference, U.S. relations with Russia and the governor's race in Virginia.
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Beware The Grill Interloper Who's Eyeing Your Tongs

When you invite friends over for a barbeque, you may well discover that the primal tug of meat and fire is too powerful for some male guests to resist. Give them half a chance and they will take over the grill. It's an international phenomenon.
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Wandering Appetites: Hunting The Elusive Noodle

Jennifer Lin-Liu's On the Noodle Road takes readers on a journey along the former Silk Road, looking for the origins of the noodle. But reviewer T. Susan Chang says that the book gets tied into knots when the quest turns cold.
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Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

The new eyeglass frames allow you to take pictures and browse the Internet while you wear them. Early adopters focused on the tiny screens have already been dubbed "glassholes." Fresh Air linguist Geoff Nunberg reminds us that in Shakespeare's time "distraction" was another word for madness.
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Scott Simon Remembers His Mother, 140 Characters At A Time

Patricia Lyons Simon Newman died in Chicago, at the age of 84. Scott Simon, her son, tweeted from her bedside in the intensive care unit. He remembers her wisdom and wit, which she held on to as the hours wound down, and all the lessons she taught him.

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