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Your Turn: The Blurry Lines Dividing Theater & Journalism

In the wake of a recent controversy at the public radio show "This American Life," we explore the blurry lines between performance art and journalism.

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Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

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Blaine Harden, Shin Dong-Hyuk: "Escape from Camp 14"

Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in a political prison camp in North Korea, where he was starved, tortured and forced to watch the execution of his mother and brother. Veteran journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of how Shin survived - and finally escaped.

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Akash Kapur: India Becoming

India has been hailed as a model for the developing world. But its economic boom has led to a widening wealth gap, environmental damage and increase in crime. The price of growth in modern India.

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Karen Spears Zacharias: "A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder"

A journalist exposes the failures of an entire community to protect the 3-year-old daughter of a close family friend.

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

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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Dale Carpenter: "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas"

A law professor tells the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

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Ross Douthat: "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics"

Many former churchgoers are turning to non-traditional Christianity. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explains why he believes America has become a nation of heretics.

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Fawaz Gerges: "Obama and The Middle East: The End of America's Moment"

Despite high hopes following the Arab Spring, the Middle East remains deeply troubled. Renowned Middle East expert Fawaz Gerges explains why he believes President Barack Obama has lost a historic opportunity to redefine America's role in the region.

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Leslie Maitland: "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed"

A daughter tells the story of her mother's escape from the Nazis in World War II and what became of the love she left behind in France.

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