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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

NPR | May 22, 2015 2:58 a.m.

With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

NPR | May 12, 2015 9:56 a.m.

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

NPR | May 11, 2015 1:53 p.m.

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

NPR | May 9, 2015 5:21 p.m.

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.

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#NPRReads: Gambling In The Bible Belt

NPR | May 8, 2015 2:03 p.m.

Also in this week's #NPRReads, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's elementary school teacher recalls the Boston bomber, a profile of Ohio's governor, Judaism in South Dakota and putting a face on the refugee crisis.

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In 'Subprimes,' Swiftian Satire Hits Close To Home

NPR | May 6, 2015 8:56 a.m.

Karl Taro Greenfeld's new book imagines a near-future America where credit scores determine your fate, and a new generation of Okies travel the country in dilapidated SUVs, searching for prosperity.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

NPR | May 1, 2015 1:08 p.m.

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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Portland Sherlock Holmes Society Remembers Detective At Multnomah Falls

OPB | April 28, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Portland

Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote about any memorial to Sherlock Holmes following the fictional character's death, worldwide Holmes societies come together to mourn the brilliant detective every year in their own way.

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'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

NPR | April 26, 2015 6:21 p.m.

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.