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  • 1:03pm Feb 22, 2013
    Science Science Books

    The SciFri Book Club Visits "Gorillas in the Mist"

    The book club regulars visit Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey's memoir of her years studying mountain gorillas in a remote African rainforest. Gorilla expert Annette Lanjouw joins the club to give an update on how this endangered subspecies of gorilla is faring.
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    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Karen Russell's 'Vampires' Deserve The Raves

    The author of Swamplandia! has a new collection of short stories called Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the stories are daring and devastating, and with them Russell establishes herself as one of the great American writers of our young century.
  • Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients who are brought back to life.
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    2:39pm Feb 21, 2013
    Books Books Arts Health & Safety

    'Erasing Death' Explores The Science Of Resuscitation

    Dr. Sam Parnia researches the experiences of cardiac arrest patients in the time between when their hearts stop and when they are brought back to life. Parnia thinks of these experiences as actual-death experiences as opposed to near-death experiences.
  • 7:14am Feb 21, 2013
    Science Science Books Health & Safety

    Author Katherine Bouton Opens Up About Going Deaf

    After going deaf at the age of 30, writer Katherine Bouton's entire life changed. In her new book, "Shouting Won't Help," Bouton shares how she came to terms with hearing loss, and why more attention needs to be paid to a condition that affects nearly 50 million Americans.
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    6:11pm Feb 20, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'The Dinner' Offers Food For Thought

    The novel by Herman Koch is structured around a five-course meal shared by two couples. But it's not all fun and food. What's really going on at this meal is much more gruesome. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the novel offers a fresh, modern take on basic moral questions.
  • Jake Tapper's new book, The Outpost, tells the story of one of America's deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan.
    Little, Brown & Co.
    3:10pm Feb 20, 2013
    World News World News Books Arts

    Jake Tapper: 'The Outpost' That Never Should Have Been

    In a new book, the CNN anchor tells the story of Combat Outpost Keating. The ill-fated American military base was in a remote Afghan valley, and on Oct. 3, 2009, it became the site of one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. troops in the history of the war in Afghanistan.
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    1:27pm Feb 19, 2013
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    Today's Bullied Teens Subject To 'Sticks And Stones' Online, Too

    In her new book, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon explores teen bullying, what it is and what it isn't, and how the rise of the Internet and social media make the experience more challenging. "It really can make bullying feel like it's 24/7," she says.
  • 1:03pm Feb 18, 2013
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    'Immortal' Cells Of Henrietta Lacks Live On In Labs

    It was one of the most revolutionary tools of biomedical research: the immortal HeLa cell line. But few people know the cells belonged to a poor Southern tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks. Rebecca Skloot spent years researching Lacks and tells her story in The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks.
  • "Many of us spend more than half our waking hours at work," writes Buettner. So he recommends you find the right job, limit your workweek to 40 hours, take vacations and go to happy hour for some satisfying socializing.
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    1:03pm Feb 18, 2013
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    How To 'Thrive': Short Commutes, More Happy Hours

    Dan Buettner visited some of the happiest populations on Earth to figure out what makes them tick. After five years of study, he argues the real keys to happiness lie not in wealth or beauty, but in fundamental changes to the way we live. Buettner lays out his findings in his book Thrive.
  • Herman Koch is a Dutch writer and actor. The Dinner is his sixth novel; it originally came out in Dutch in 2009, and has since been published in 25 countries.
    Mark Kohn
    6:42am Feb 18, 2013
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    'The Dinner' Asks: What Will You Do To Protect Your Family?

    Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner asks the uncomfortable question: How far will you go to protect your family? Two couples gather for dinner to discuss their teenaged sons, who've most likely committed a terrible crime. Will they report it? Or will they cover it up to keep their sons safe?
  • John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.
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    5:00pm Feb 17, 2013
    Books Books Arts Music & Culture

    Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

    Rock writer Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and formed a working relationship with him, as well as with Yoko Ono, that would span more than two decades. Cott was the last journalist to interview Lennon, just three days before the singer was killed.
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    7:54pm Feb 15, 2013
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    Tales Of Transformation Make 'Vampires In The Lemon Grove' A Stunner

    Karen Russell's new collection of short stories has dead presidents reincarnated as horses, girls turning into silkworms, and vampires who quench their thirst for blood with lemons. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that in Russell's world we aren't fixed in space and time but can change at any moment.