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New Stories Of Beautiful, Broken Appalachia

Appalachia now. Celebrated stories from coal country and beyond with writer Ron Rash. He joins us.

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Beauty, Art And Millions Of Dollars: The Life And Power Of Helena Rubinstein

Cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein, and her story of women, beauty, wealth and power.

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The Grateful Dead Comes Back

The Grateful Dead, reuniting. We look at the long strange trip of one of the most successful bands in history.

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A Diverse Europe, On Edge

The New York Times' Roger Cohen and Oxford University's Tariq Ramadan on terrorism, Jews and Muslims in Europe, displacement, immigration and the way forward.

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The Way Of Spontaneity

The art and power of spontaneity, in ancient philosophy, in jazz, in everyday life. We'll look at "Trying Not To Try," the Chinese concept of "Wu-wei", and the completely focused mental state of "flow."

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