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Cannibals And Colonialism: Solving The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller()  

Michael Rockefeller, the youngest son of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, was reported missing on Nov. 21, 1961

March 18, 2014 The son of one of America's wealthiest families disappeared off the island of New Guinea in 1961. Writer Carl Hoffman explains how he thinks Rockefeller died and why the truth was kept hidden.

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Feminism Is Fashionable For Nigerian Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie()  

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won a National Book Critics Circle award for her novel Americanah.

March 18, 2014 Adichie might be Africa's best-known young writer, and she's making a big mark on this side of the Atlantic. She talks about her book, Americanah, and the possibility of filming with Lupita Nyong'o.

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Author Penelope Lively Shares 'The View From Old Age'()  

Penelope Lively's other books include A Stitch In Time, Astercote and The Road To Lichfield.

March 17, 2014 In Dancing Fish And Ammonites, the British writer reflects on growing older. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about adjusting to her husband's death and losing the desire for new things.

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'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam()  

Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa at a press conference in 2006. His Zulu Nation group, formed in the 1970s to combat street violence, soon began incorporating Nation of Islam teachings in its rhetoric.

March 16, 2014 From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy and beyond, hip-hop has long been a culture to which young urban Muslims around the world can relate.

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Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing()  

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March 15, 2014 Scott Weems' book HA! explores the science of when we laugh and why. He describes the part of your brain that's active when you laugh, and the controversy over whether ducks are funnier than chickens.

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A Tragic Disappearance (Mostly) Solved In 'Savage Harvest'()  

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March 15, 2014 In a new book, journalist Carl Hoffman lays out the case that when Michael Rockefeller disappeared on an art-collecting trip to New Guinea in 1961, he was likely killed by the local Asmat people.

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Philip K. Howard: Is The Law Making Us Less Free?()  

"We need to rewrite and radically simplify and re-humanize the structure of public law in our society." —Philip K. Howard

March 14, 2014 Attorney Philip K. Howard argues the U.S. has become a legal minefield and we need to simplify our laws.

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Lawrence Lessig: Has Money Taken Over American Politics?()  

"There is no sensible reform possible until we end this corruption." —Lawrence Lessig

March 14, 2014 Legal scholar Lawrence Lessig says corruption is at the heart of American politics and issues a bipartisan call for change.

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In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison()  

Joshua Fattal (from left), Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer were on a hike in 2009 when they unknowingly crossed a road that bordered to Iran. They were stopped by border patrol and imprisoned in Tehran.

March 14, 2014 In their memoir Sliver of Light, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal explain how they were captured on a road that bordered Iran, accused of spying and imprisoned for two years.

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Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It's A Powerful Drug()  

We love our morning coffee, but what's really in that piping hot cup of java? It's a powerful drug called caffeine.

March 13, 2014 Around the world, many of us start our day with a drug derived from a natural insecticide: caffeine. Murray Carpenter tells the tale in Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

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Former Supernanny Jo Frost Takes On Toddler Years()  

March 11, 2014 Many people know Jo Frost as the strict childcare expert on the ABC show Supernanny. Now she's back with a new book titled Jo Frost's Toddler Rules: Your Five-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior.

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For Working Moms, Key To Balance May Lie In Elusive Leisure Time()  

Grid of sticky notes with To Do lists on them.

March 11, 2014 If waiting for help when your car breaks down doesn't strike you as a leisurely activity, it may be time to reconsider. A new book looks at time management challenges of being a working parent.

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Not Enough Hours In The Day? We All Feel A Little 'Overwhelmed'()  

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March 11, 2014 Brigid Schulte and her husband planned to have an equal partnership. But years down the road, "I realized that we had both fallen into very traditional roles without even realizing it," she says.

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'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator()  

The FBI pulled fingerprints off decades-old immigration papers to find Clark Rockefeller's true identity.

March 10, 2014 Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Kirn's new book explores the depths of that deception.

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Code Switch

Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement()  

Martin Luther King Jr., shown here with Stokely Carmichael during a voter registration march in Mississippi in 1966, regarded the younger Carmichael as one of the civil rights movement's most promising leaders.

March 10, 2014 A new biography traces Carmichael's evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.

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