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Sherman Alexie on 9/11
Sherman Alexie on 9/11
9/11 REMEMBERED: Sherman Alexie wrote the novel "Flight" in response to 9/11. He thinks the fanaticism of flying planes into buildings is the end game of tribalism and he wanted to teach...
Saddest Music Ever Written
Saddest Music Ever Written
9/11 REMEMBERED: Samuel Barber’s "Adagio for Strings” has been played at countless 9/11 memorials. But what do we know about what many consider to be the saddest music ever written?
Walking Between the Towers
9/11 REMEMBERED: Philippe Petit spent years planning his illegal 1974 performance at the World Trade Center where he tight-rope walked between the Twin Towers. Petit looks back at the event and talks...
Checkmate!
Bobby Fischer Goes to War
September 01, 1972, American Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, to become the world chess champion, the first American ever to win the title. Was this the greatest...
Happy Birthday Ganesh
Happy Birthday Ganesh
Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesh.The 10-day festival starts September 1st and marks the birthday of Ganesh. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, and the deity of intellect...
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen remains on the NYTimes Best Seller list and is a box office hit. Here's our interview with author Sara Gruen.
Feeling the Sting
Feeling the Sting
Entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung by just about every bug with a stinger and lived to tell the tale. The result is his Sting Pain Index, a 1-4 scale that describes the intensity of the pain...
Blacks and National Parks
Blacks and National Parks
The National Park Service was created on this date in 1916. The National Park Service now employs about 22,000 civil servants to oversee almost 400 units, including 58 national parks, which cover 84...
Jorge Luis Borges
Happy birthday Jorge Luis Borges
Happy 112th birthday Jorge Luis Borges! From Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Umberto Eco and Salman Rushdie, the Argentinian writer's strange, metaphysical stories, had a profound influence on other...
Does Islam Stand Against Science?
Does Islam Stand Against Science?
Is Islam anti-science? TTBOOK Executive Producer and author of "Atoms and Eden: Conversations on Religion and Science" explores the charged relationship between science and Islam in this...

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