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These little robots, called BlabDroids, ask people questions and video record their replies. The footage will be used to create a documentary. Courtesy of Alexander Reben hide caption

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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank regularly makes banned book lists, but not because it details the terror of hiding from Nazi occupiers. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

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Week In Politics: Eric Holder, ISIS Air Strikes, Climate Change Poll

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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

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Is Civilization Natural?

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Florida State fans cheer Rashad Greene after a 74-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 20. In college sports, African-American student athletes and white student audiences are the norm. Commentator Frank Deford asks why this dynamic does not make us more squeamish. Mark Wallheiser/AP hide caption

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

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Scientists who work for nuclear waste disposal projects in Finland, Canada and Sweden study an ice sheet in western Greenland. Courtesy of Vincent F. Ialenti hide caption

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