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3 Problem-Solving Reads For The Scientific Sleuth

Science has a way of getting inside our heads — especially when it comes to the powers of the mind. Author and neurologist Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa recommends three brilliant brain-teasing books.
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Letters: The Postal Service,Why We Gossip

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics including advising your child's career path, reasons why the U.S. Postal Service is still useful, and what happens when you gossip.
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Op-Ed: Protests In Russia Can't Sideline Putin

The mass protests in Russia have been compared to the Arab Spring, and some predict the mobilization can lead to lasting political change. Not likely, says Kathryn Stoner-Weiss from the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.
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7 Books With Personality: Nancy Pearl's 2011 Picks

NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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Laura Nyro's Lasting, Eclectic Musical Legacy

Most of the names announced for induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame this week are familiar. The name Laura Nyro, however, may need some explaining. Her songs outlasted their times, and today, a range of artists call her an inspiration.
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GOP Objects To 'Millionaires Surtax'; Millionaires We Found? Not So Much

The Senate has again rejected proposals to extend the payroll tax holiday through next year, with Republicans objecting to using a "millionaires surtax" to pay for it. NPR tried to find millionaires who also object — but with little success.

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Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design.
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A Livin' Thing: After Decades, A Couple Reconnects

Jim and MaryAnn Fletcher met when they were just children, in the first grade. Later they became high school sweethearts. But then they split up — until they found each other again, more than 20 years later.

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