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Friday, April 18, 2014
Michael Gibney, author "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line." (Ungano & Agriodimas/Facebook)

Michael Gibney’s new book “Sous Chef” lets readers experience 24 hours in the kitchen of an upscale New York restaurant.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jane Goodall's new book "Seeds of Hope" is part memoir, part history of the plant world. (David Holloway)

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin are the authors of "What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss." (Ilana Diamond)

If you’ve ever failed at trying to start a conversation with an intriguing looking person at a party, these authors can help.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, are expecting their first child. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An engaged Muslim couple by the sea (D'Arcy Vallance/Flickr)

In the story collection “Salaam, Love,” Muslim men talk about growing up in the U.S. and their search for love, sex and intimacy.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, located in Paris, turns 125 this week. (James Whitesmith/Flickr)

The Paris landmark was completed this week in 1889. We look at its history and legacy with Joseph Harriss.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, November 18, 1993. On the 20 year anniversary of Cobain's death and with Nirvana about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back on Cobain's lasting legacy. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

It’s been 20 years since the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross joins us to look at his legacy.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cass Sunstein is pictured in the White House in March 2011, when he was Director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. (AP)

The Harvard law professor takes a deeper look at why “rational people end up believing crazy things.”

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Merrimack River in Lowell, Jack Kerouac's hometown. (Casey Ashlock)

Alex Ashlock went to Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Mass., to find out more about “The Haunted Life.”

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"This Star Won't Go Out" book cover

Esther Earl died at age 16 from cancer. Her parents have published a collection of her writings.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
An 11-year-old Jeremy Hobson (left) is pictured with Dave Barry and Chris Jeckel in 1993 at Willard Airport in Savoy, Ill. (WILL)

Host Jeremy Hobson first spoke to humorist Dave Barry in 1993. He catches up with Barry as his latest book, “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty,” comes out today.

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, centre, Yuna Kim of South Korea, left, and Carolina Kostner of Italy stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the women's free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Sotnikova placed first, followed by Kim and Kostner. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

The legendary former skater, skating commentator and self-described “octogenarian skating professor” joins us.

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Monday, February 17, 2014
"Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865" book cover

As talks resume talks with Iran, a new book about Abraham Lincoln argues talking with your enemy can be the best path.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the women of Afghanistan, at Georgetown University, November 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A new book sets the stage for her possible 2016 run, digging deep into the political machine she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have developed.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Kirstin Chen is author of "Soy Sauce for Beginners." (Sarah Deragon)

In Kirstin Chen’s debut novel, “Soy Sauce for Beginners,” 30-year-old year Gretchen returns to her family’s soy sauce business after her marriage in California falls apart.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
An image from the cover of "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs, the sequel to "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children." (Quirk Books)

Ransom Riggs, author of the surprise best seller “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” is now out with a sequel. He joins us to discuss the books and the photos that inspired them.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the State of the State Address on January 14, 2014 in Trenton, New Jersey. In his speech Christie briefly addressed the ongoing George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Investigators in New Jersey may soon subpoena members of Governor Chris Christie’s staff as they try to determine whether Christie had a hand in George Washington Bridge lane closures.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Stephen Fagan, center, smiles as he sits with his daughters, Rachael Martin, left, and Lisa Martin, right, to have dinner at a Boston restaurant, Friday, May 28, 1999. Fagan was arrested for abducting his daughters from their mother's custody 20 years earlier. His daughter stood up for their father, and refused to meet their mother. Their story inspired  James Whitfield Thomson's novel.  (WillIam Plowman/AP)

James Whitfield Thomson’s novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear” is inspired by the true story of Stephen Fagan, who abducted his daughters and told them their mother had died.

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Monday, January 13, 2014
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“The Kept” is already garnering critical acclaim. The New York Times calls it “daring” and compares it to Charles Portis’ “True Grit” and the novels of Cormac McCarthy. The author joins us.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
'Jeopardy!' contestants Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter compete against 'Watson,' at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York. (Ben Hider/Getty Images)

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson says we are living in as significant a moment as the first industrial revolution, but the smart machines won’t lead to utopia without good public policy.

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What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

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Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

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Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

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‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" is running with a legally blind athlete.