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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.
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    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
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    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.
  • Cover of Klansville, U.S.A.
    5:30pm Feb 14, 2013
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    'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

    Author and sociologist David Cunningham speaks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the origins of cross burnings and white hoods, and why North Carolina had more Klan members during the height of the civil rights movement than all other Southern states combined.
  • 10:36am Feb 12, 2013
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    An 'Autopsy' Of Detroit Finds Resilience In A Struggling City

    To some, Detroit may be a symbol of urban decay; but to journalist Charlie LeDuff, it's home. In Detroit: An American Autopsy, he says the city's heart beats on. "We're still here trying to reconstruct the great thing we once had," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.