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The World's Disappearing Natural Sound

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We'll listen in.

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Amy Seek's 'Confessions of a Birth Mother'

Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

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'A Window Opens': Elisabeth Egan's Amazon Tell All

Author Elisabeth Egan's new novel is a kind of kiss and tell on life inside Amazon. She takes us there.

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Nabokov, 'Lolita' And The American Effect

He brought us "Lolita" and "Pale Fire." We'll look at Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov and how his most famous work was shaped by his time in America.

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Our Dating Demographic Dilemma

The numbers that rule the dating game. We look at how demographics are making it much harder for women and changing the way we date today.

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A More Militant Japan, 70 Years After WWII

Seventy years after Japan's World War II surrender, Japan is making moves to give its military more room to fight again. We'll look at what that could mean in Asia and beyond.

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Jason Segel's 'Tour' Is Only Just Beginning

Comedic actor Jason Segel gets serious and takes on author David Foster Wallace in the new film, "The End of the Tour. " He's with us.

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The Next World War Will Be Digital

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

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Young Author Finds Success 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — "Among the Ten Thousand Things" — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

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The Very Best Of Barbecue

From secret sauces and rubs to hickory and folklore, we will celebrate and sample the best barbecue in the land. Bring napkins!

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