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"Young people often have this desire to try to make their life interesting," says actor, author and director Ethan Hawke. "Life is so interesting all by itself. You do not have to try to goose life." He's pictured above in Paris on Nov. 25, 2019. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Actor And Author Ethan Hawke: Writing 'Forces You To Think Through Things'

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Cherie Jones' Debut Novel Sees Characters In Paradise Put Through Hell

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Janice Nimura On Telling The Story Of The First Women Medical Doctors

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Journalist Jon Fasman says local police departments are increasingly using powerful surveillance tools — with little oversight. Alexandra Schuler/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Surveillance And Local Police: How Technology Is Evolving Faster Than Regulation

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'We Need To Hang Out' Aims To Remedy Struggles Some People Have To Connect

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Vera Gissing, shown above at age 6, was one of 669 children from Prague whom Nicholas Winton helped save in the lead-up to World War II. Courtesy of family of Vera Gissing hide caption

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He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids

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A Writer Lost His Singing Voice, Then Discovered The 'Gymnastics' Of Speech

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'Voice' Author Explores Accents, Language And What Makes A Tone Sexy

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Cicely Tyson says her mother did not want her to be an actress. "But in my gut, I knew there was something there that I was put here to do," Tyson says. Cooper Neill/Getty Images for MegaFest 2017 hide caption

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'Just As I Am': Cicely Tyson Reflects On Her Long Career

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The Trojan Women — And Many More — Speak Up In 'A Thousand Ships'

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Author Interview: 'The New Phd: How To Build A Better Graduate Education'

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Maurice Chammah Charts The History Of The Death Penalty In 'Let The Lord Sort Them'

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Biography Traces Political Mistakes And Personal Scars That Shaped Joe Biden

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With the pandemic, many people are turning to at-home workouts and walks in their neighborhoods. That's good, says Exercised author Daniel Lieberman. "You don't have to do incredible strength training ... to get some benefits of physical activity." Grace Cary/Getty Images hide caption

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Just Move: Scientist Author Debunks Myths About Exercise And Sleep

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