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Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

A new book on one of society's most ubiquitous products. Since its invention 2,000 years ago in China, paper has revolutionized human civilization. A look at paper's sweeping influence on society from Islamic scholarship to the Pentagon Papers.

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Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call To Solving Our Nation's Problems"

The chair of the Democratic National Committee talks with Diane about her nine years in the House of Representatives, the problems facing America and how she believes we can move beyond political gridlock to solve them.

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Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

The author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" talks about the evolution of his own thinking.

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Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

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Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

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How To Write Short

In a time-starved culture with a case of information overload, the skill of using fewer words may be the most effective writing technique of all.

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Barry Meier: "Pain Killer"

The use of narcotic painkillers has boomed over the past decade, but a book says new research shows that opioids are often ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious health consequences.

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Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman: "Enemies Within"

Since 9/11, Americans have been engaged in a debate about the extent to which privacy must be given up to make the nation safer. The authors argue that many of our counterterrorism measures are more invasive than we realize and are not effective.

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Dan Balz: "Collision 2012: Obama Vs. Romney And The Future Of Elections In America" (Rebroadcast)

Behind the scenes of the 2012 presidential race and how the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could shape future American elections.

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