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Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?
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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny
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"King of Sting" Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at the Southwestern Biological Institute. A "connoisseur of pain," he has ranked 83 different insect stings on a pain index based on his own experience. Courtesy of Justin Schmidt hide caption

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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!
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Quail in dandelion's nest — one of Pascal Baudar's wild-crafted culinary creations. "So many wild plants, so little time," says Baudar. He leads foraging expeditions in the forests of Los Angeles and works with chefs to create meals based on wild foods. Courtesy of Pascal Baudar hide caption

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Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles
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Thomas Thwaites says his exoskeleton was meant to help him feel like a goat, as opposed to helping him look like one. Tim Bowditch/Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press hide caption

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When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One
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Empty storefronts line the streets of Northern Cambria, Pa., Jennifer Haigh's hometown. Rob Arnold hide caption

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'Heat & Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country
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One of a multitude of uses for the magical multitasker: blue painter's tape. Craighton Berman/Workman Publishing hide caption

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The Art Of MacGyvering For Sleep-Deprived Moms And Dads
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Exene Cervenka and John Doe perform in Hollywood in September 2004. "The first person I ever saw jump into the audience was me," Cervenka tells Fresh Air. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
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Cairo's Tahrir Square (seen here in January) isn't actually a square — it's a traffic circle. And today, years after it was the site of anti-government demonstrations, it's a beautifully manicured, sterile space. Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History
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"Manly health!" Whitman wrote in the New York Atlas. "Is there not a kind of charm --€” a fascinating magic in the words?" The poet is seen here in an engraving that appeared in several editions of Leaves of Grass. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)
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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School
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Viet Cong soldiers going into battle near Hue during the Vietnam War, circa 1968. Years later, the war shaped how Ocean Vuong grew up. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam
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Handout picture dated 1997 and released in 2012 by the UN shows ancient manuscripts displayed at the library in the city of Timbuktu. Al-Qaeda has destroyed ancient texts it considers idolatrous. Evan Schneider/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Timbuktu's 'Badass Librarians': Checking Out Books Under Al-Qaida's Nose
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Manischewitz is closely associated with Jewish tradition, but it was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its spokesman in TV advertising. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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The King Drinks, by the 17th century artist Jacob Jordaens, illustrates a feasting scene from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The Shakespearean larder teems with intriguing-sounding food. Culture Club/Getty Images hide caption

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Chilean writer and poet Pablo Neruda, after being awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Lost Neruda' Can Now Be Found In 'Then Come Back'
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James Brown performs at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany in 2003. Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Lonely Side Of James Brown
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'It Takes A Lot Of Bravery To Be Kind,' Says Kids' Author Kate DiCamillo
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The Many Masks Of Batman In 'Caped Crusade'
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Author Helen Oyeyemi's new book reflects her fascination with keys. Manchul Kim hide caption

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Keys Are The Key To 'What Is Not Yours'
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British newspaper the Independent announced it will move to a digital-only format later this month. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Whither Bridget Jones? Britain's 'Independent' Newspaper Goes Digital
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Children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, spent much of his life obsessed with death. In 2011 he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross: "There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready." Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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With Fear, Determination And Poetry: How Great Writers Face Death
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