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Domingo Martinez: "The Boy Kings Of Texas: A Memoir"

Domingo Martinez is the only author without a Pulitzer Prize to be nominated for this year's National Book Award. He joins Diane to discuss his memoir about growing up between two cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico.

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Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk: Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores the practical, medical and moral issues facing pet owners at the end of a companion animal’s life.

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Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

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Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

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Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

A psychologist explains why the way we learn to manage anger as a child is so critical to our personalities as adults.

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Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

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Cheryl Strayed: "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" (Rebroadcast)

Heartbreak and loss led a young woman to embark on an epic journey. Cheryl Strayed describes how she put her life back together while hiking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest trail alone.

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Behavior, Talent And Genetics

What role does genetics play in talent? And, the surprising things science learned about King Tut from DNA testing his remains.

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Quinn Cummings: "The Year of Learning Dangerously"

More than two million U.S. elementary and high school students are home schooled. A mother describes the highs and lows of educating her daughter at home.

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