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  1. A Line Divides: 100 Days Since Zero Tolerance2018/08/17
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  2. Does Democracy Still Work? Americans Weigh In2018/08/16

    Democracy is government by the people. So how do the people feel about the state of our democracy? That’s the question researchers with the Bush Institute and Penn Biden Center explored in a recent poll. Lindsay Lloyd, deputy director of human rights at the Bush Institute , joins us to talk about how Americans still highly value democracy but worry that U.S. democracy is weakening.
  3. This Indian American Life2018/08/16

    Neel Patel grew up the son of Indian immigrants, with one foot in America and one planted firmly in the old country. He joins us to talk about how that experience informs his debut collection of short stories – and about the lack of Indian characters in popular fiction. Patel’s collection is called “If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi” (Flatiron Books).
  4. Why Screens And Books Require Different Reading Skills2018/08/15

    Learning to read is a process that builds cognitive skills in children. So what happens when those skills are developed through digital reading instead of books? UCLA child development expert Maryanne Wolf joins us to talk about how reading digitally affects children and adults alike, which she writes about in “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World” (Harper).
  5. How To Talk To Someone Who’s Wrong2018/08/15
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  6. How Houston Became The Beating Heart Of Cardiac Care2018/08/14
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  7. A Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Speaks Out2018/08/14
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  8. What If We Just Let Wildfires Burn?2018/08/13
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  9. The Racial Message Of Public Monuments2018/08/13
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  10. Not Quite GMO: The Future Of Mutant Food2018/08/10

    As the world’s population edges closer to 8 billion, scientists are at work figuring out how to feed all those mouths. Stephen Hall joins us to talk about how gene editing may be the solution. His story “CRISPR Can Speed Up Nature: And Change How We Grow Food ” appears in Wired magazine.
  11. That Time We Could Have Fixed Global Warming2018/08/09
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  12. What Makes A Country A Country2018/08/09

    The map of the world feels fairly settled. There are a number of spots across the globe, however, that operate like countries without formal recognition. Slate staff writer Joshua Keating joins us to talk about these self-proclaimed nations, which he writes about in “Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood” (Yale University Press).
  13. Texans Weigh In On Healthcare And Politics2018/08/08

    Incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz leads challenger Beto O’Rourke by just two points. That’s according to this year’s Texas Lyceum poll , released last week. Joshua Blank oversaw the polling, and he joins us to talk about the political climate in Texas – and about how Texans view another important topic: healthcare.
  14. One Man’s Crusade To Cure HIV2018/08/07
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  15. The World May Be Running Out Of Sand. Seriously.2018/08/07
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  16. The Power Of A Humble Leader2018/08/06

    As CEO of Dallas-basedCitySquare , Larry James is a leader in the fight against poverty. He joins us to talk about why effective leaders focus their efforts on the people they manage and serve. His new book is called“House Rules: Insights for Innovative Leaders” (Leafwood Publishers).
  17. For Profit Colleges: Cost More And Worth Less?2018/08/06

    Tressie McMillan Cottom was once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges. She joins us to talk about why these institutions often contribute to economic inequality, which she writes about in“Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy” (The New Press).
  18. Why A Lake On Mars Is Such A Big Deal2018/08/03

    Italian researchers recently discovered what they believe to be a lake on Mars . Steve Clifford of the Planetary Science Institute joins us to talk about the significance of the discovery on a planet previously thought to only contain ice – and about what it could mean for colonization efforts.
  19. A Queer Black Man Finds Freedom2018/08/02

    When Darnell Moore was 14, a group of boys doused him with gasoline and tried lighting a match – only to be thwarted by a windy day. As a teen, Moore was bullied constantly for being different. He joins us to talk about the struggles of growing up black and queer, which he writes about in his memoir“No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America” (Nation Books).
  20. How Free Money Would Free People2018/08/02

    What if all Americans, regardless of their tax brackets, received a monthly check from the government to cover basic living expenses? Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic joins us to make the case for a universal basic income, which she writes about in “Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World ” (Crown).
  21. Finding Yourself In A Foreign Country2018/08/01
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  22. An Economic Case For Immigration2018/08/01

    The U.S. birthrate hit an all-time low last year. And if that trend continues, the lack of a robust work force will start to drag the economy down. George Mason University professor Jack Goldstone joins us to make an economic case for loosening up restrictions on immigration. His essay “The U.S. Needs More Immigrants ” appears in Reason magazine.
  23. Killing Them Softly: A History Of Poison2018/07/31

    Russia and North Korea have each been accused in recent years of poisoning people deemed enemies of the state. Eleanor Herman joins us to talk about how the practice dates back centuries and has been used by nations all over the world. Her new book is called“The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul” (St. Martin’s Press).
  24. What Happens With Families At The Border2018/07/31

    A federal judge ruled this month that 1,600 families separated at the border must be reunited. Frontline correspondent Martin Smith joins us to tell the story of these children who entered the U.S. with their parents only to be detained elsewhere. The Frontline episode “Separated: Children at the Border ” airs July 31 at 9 on KERA-TV.
  25. The World Of Whales2018/07/30
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  26. What TV News Didn’t Tell You About Ferguson2018/07/30

    Four years ago, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, setting off days of protests in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters captured the fallout with cellphone cameras, and Sabaah Folayan joins us to talk about turning that bystander footage into a portrait of unrest that differs from the more traditional media presentation. Her documentary “Whose Streets? ” airs tonight at 10 on KERA-TV.
  27. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Andrew Sean Greer2018/07/26

    Andrew Sean Greer won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his novel “Less ” (Little, Brown and Company). He joins us to talk about his humorous tale of a writer on the edge of 50 who literally travels the world in an effort to avoid an awkward encounter with a former love.
  28. Becoming A Tech Billionaire Is Harder Than You Think2018/07/26

    Silicon Valley is the new Las Vegas, filled with hopeful entrepreneurs hoping to hit the jackpot. Corey Pein became one of them in order to uncover the truth and the lies of the tech industry. He joins us to talk about the experience, which he writes about in “Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley ” (Henry Holt and Company).
  29. A Refugee Wins The Immigration Lottery2018/07/25
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  30. Maybe We Evolved To Be Internet Trolls2018/07/24

    If you’re searching for humanity at its worst, online is a good place to look. Notre Dame anthropologist Agustín Fuentes joins us to talk about how some of our terrible social media behavior is actually partly a result of our evolution. His story“Are We as Awful as We Act Online?” appears in the August issue of National Geographic magazine.
  31. Bouncing Back From Trauma2018/07/24

    Most of us will encounter a traumatic event in our lives. They’re often unavoidable, but what we can control is how we react to them. Psychiatrist Dennis Charney joins us to talk about bouncing back from life’s worst moments. He’s a co-author of“Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges” (Cambridge).
  32. Why Being White Makes You Racist2018/07/23

    When confronted with racist behavior, white people can exhibit a range of emotions – including anger, fear and guilt. Robin DiAngelo joins us to talk about how these behaviors get in the way of meaningful interracial dialogue, which she writes about in“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” (Beacon Press).
  33. Is Privacy Still Possible?2018/07/23

    How much of ourselves are we obligated to share with others, and what do we have a right to keep hidden? Sarah Igo of Vanderbilt University joins us to talk about those questions and others, which she explores in her new book“The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America” (Harvard University Press).
  34. News Or Editorial: Can You Tell The Difference?2018/07/20
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  35. Finding Purpose In Prison2018/07/19

    As a 19-year-old, Donna Hylton made a terrible mistake – one that landed her a 25-year prison sentence. She joins us to talk about how spending time with other inmates helped her to come to terms with her abusive upbringing, which she writes about in“A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound” (Hachette Books).
  36. The Terrorist Turned Informant2018/07/18

    Aimen Dean was an early member of al-Qaeda, working alongside founder Osama bin Laden himself. He joins us to talk about his decision to switch allegiances and provide information to Britain’s intelligence services, which he writes about in “Nine Lives: My Time as the West’s Top Spy ” (Oneworld Publications).
  37. How Society Fails Trans Kids2018/07/18

    Children as young as 2 years old can find themselves at odds with the gender assigned to them at birth. Sociologist Ann Travers joins us to talk about the experience of transgender kids – and about how parents can guide their discovery. Travers’ book is called “The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution ” (NYU Press).
  38. Immigrants On Their Earliest Memories Of America2018/07/17

    The First Days Project

    invites United States immigrants to document their earliest memories of

    their new home – what scared them, what surprised them and what they

    found confusing. Samip Mallick runs the project, and he joins us to talk

    about what can be learned about the immigrant experience by collecting

    their stories.
  39. Who You Should (And Shouldn’t) Trust For Health Advice2018/07/17
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  40. In An Era of Change, Evangelicals Still Rule2018/07/16
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  41. Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals2018/07/16

    Animals serve humans as laborers, food sources and, in some cases,

    companions. Michigan State law professor David Favre joins us to think

    through our evolving relationship with our fellow inhabitants of Earth,

    which he writes about in “Respecting Animals: A Balanced Approach to Our Relationship with Pets, Food, and Wildlife ” (Prometheus Books).
  42. Lessons From the Opioid Epidemic2018/07/13
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  43. The Doctor Who Exposed The Flint Water Crisis2018/07/12
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  44. Cheaters: Why Women And Men Stray2018/07/12

    When a spouse cheats, it often means the end of the relationship. Dr.

    Kenneth Rosenberg joins us to talk about the three types of cheating,

    why they’re so prevalent and how we can overcome them. His new book is

    called “Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat” (DaCapo).
  45. Why Do We Care If A Boy Wears A Dress?2018/07/11

    Young women are taught that they need to be assertive, strong and brave in a world dominated by men. So why doesn’t it work the other way? Sarah Rich joins us to talk about why we should also be teaching boys how to be nurturing, caring and other traits typically associated with femininity. Her story“Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling” appears in The Atlantic.
  46. Everybody’s Insecure And That’s OK2018/07/11

    If you’re someone who would rather die than talk to a stranger, you’re not alone – about 40 percent of us consider ourselves shy. Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen joins us to talk about how we can overcome our fear of interacting with other people. Her new book is called “How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety” (St. Martin’s Press).
  47. Partners Forever: How The U.S. And Mexico Rely On Each Other2018/07/10
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  48. New Urbanism in North Texas2018/07/10
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  49. How Snapchat Changed Two Families2018/07/09

    Emily Giffin’s novels, including “Something Borrowed” and “Heart of the Matter,” are mainstays on bestsellers lists. She joins us to talk about her latest effort, “All We Ever Wanted” (Ballentine), which centers on a high school scandal that rocks Nashville’s high society.
  50. Bringing ‘Hairspray’ To The Stage2018/07/09

    The musical “Hairspray” follows Tracy Turnblad, a Baltimore teen who dreams of dancing on a 1960s TV show. “Hairspray” is being produced by the Dallas Theater Center, and we talk with director Joel Ferrell and Michelle Dowdy – who plays Tracy – about the social themes the show explores that still resonate today. “Hairspray” is onstage at the Winspear Opera House through July 15 .
  51. Why Honor Can Save Us2018/07/05

    What role does honor play in how a society functions? University of Houston philosopher Tamler Sommers joins us to make the case that living a more honorable life is the key to solving many of the nation’s problems. His new book is called “Why Honor Matters ” (Basic Books).
  52. How Superpowers Fight Today2018/07/03
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  53. A Look At The Supreme Court’s Rulings And Its Future2018/07/03
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  54. The Life Of Eunice Kennedy Shriver2018/07/02
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  55. The Melting Away Of The Middle Class2018/06/29
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  56. Hormones Are More Than Just Sex2018/06/28
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  57. Have Elite Athletes Hit Their Peak?2018/06/28
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  58. The Western Roots Of Extremism2018/06/27
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  59. Blocks, Blackboards And The Development Of Kids2018/06/26
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  60. Why Savings Don’t Equal Retirement Security2018/06/25
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  61. Does Everything Really Need To Be Funny?2018/06/25

    As we’ve evolved as a species, so has our sense of humor. Ken Jennings

    joins guest host Courtney Collins to trace how we’ve developed into a

    culture that prizes humor over more traditionally appreciated traits

    like strength and wisdom. His new book is called “Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture” (Scribner).
  62. How TV And Movies Keep Women In Their Place2018/06/22
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  63. Drones: A Tool, A Toy, A Threat?2018/06/21

    About 3 million drones were sold worldwide in 2017. And they’re used by

    everyone from amateur photographers to marine biologists to military

    strategists. Alex Fitzpatrick of Time magazine joins us to talk about

    the many ways that these machines have infiltrated our lives. He oversaw

    the magazine’s recent special report “The Drone Age.”
  64. David Sedaris Wanders The World2018/06/21
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  65. No Place To Call Home2018/06/20
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  66. Refugees Are More Than Their Struggles2018/06/20
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  67. What You’re Eating Probably Isn’t Food2018/06/19
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  68. Forever A Temp2018/06/19
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  69. Every Conflict Does Have A Solution2018/06/18

    Even good-faith negotiations can sometimes end in a standstill. So what next? Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program , joins us to talk about how we often let our emotions and identities get in the way of resolutions. He speaks tonight at the Belo Mansion to the Harvard Club of Dallas.
  70. Straddling The Border: The Lives Of Mexican Americans2018/06/18
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  71. The Power Of Oprah2018/06/15
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  72. How Portraits Capture People2018/06/14
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  73. Covering The White House2018/06/14

    Today, President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. We talk about the historic summit – and the news of the day in Washington – with NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune.
  74. Fact Checking The News2018/06/13

    Glenn Kessler has one of the toughest – and politically perilous – jobs in the media. As the Washington Post’s Fact Checker columnist, he analyzes what politicians say to discern who’s telling the truth and who’s muddying the waters. Kessler joins us to talk about his process for separating fact from fiction – and about when it’s OK to call a lie a lie.
  75. My 8 Years With Obama2018/06/13
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  76. James Clapper On The State Of Intelligence2018/06/12
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  77. The Stars Of NPR2018/06/12

    It wouldn’t be a trip to NPR headquarters in Washington without a visit with a few familiar voices. We talk with Sam Sanders about his new show, “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders ;” Shankar Vedantam digs into recent discoveries on “Hidden Brain ;” and Leila Fadel revisits “Muslims in America ,” a series she spent a year reporting.
  78. The Purpose Of Pride2018/06/11

    The first gay pride parade took place in 1970 in New York City. And this month, cities across the nation will continue the tradition. We talk about how these events have evolved with Vincent E. Slatt of the Rainbow History Project and Jade Salazar, a historian and co-host of the TAGG Nation podcast .
  79. The Senate Race: Conversations With Cruz And O’Rourke2018/06/11

    In November, Texans will go to the polls to decide if Republican Ted Cruz will serve a second term in the U.S. Senate or be replaced by Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Each candidate joins us to talk about their current legislative priorities – and why he should represent Texas on Capitol Hill.
  80. What You Can’t Learn In Medical School2018/06/08
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  81. Young But Not Healthy2018/06/07
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  82. When Black Athletes Take A Political Stand2018/06/07
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  83. Why Renters Can’t Afford Rent2018/06/06

    Almost half of all renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. And with the lack of affordable housing, it’s no wonder more than 500,000 Americans spend the night on the streets. Bryce Covert joins us to talk about how our current affordable-housing crisis came to be, which she writes about for The Nation .
  84. Was the Colony Of Roanoke Really Lost?2018/06/06
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  85. Urban, Suburban and Rural: The Cultural Divide2018/06/05
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  86. Kids Today Really Are The Worst2018/06/04

    Even the most well-behaved kids need a little disciplining every once in a while. Parenting expert Katherine Reynolds Lewis joins us to talk about effective strategies for correcting behavior. Her new book is called “The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – and What to Do About It” (PublicAffairs).
  87. How American Meritocracy Favors The Already Rich2018/06/04
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  88. Teaching Computers To Ask Why Will Change Everything2018/06/01
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  89. The Sun Had A Mother2018/05/31
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  90. Our Seas Of Trash2018/05/31
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  91. Healthy People Also Hear Voices2018/05/30

    Hearing voices has long been considered a sign of psychosis. Stanford sociologist T.M. Luhrmann joins us to talk about why a better understanding of how voices work in the brain might be a key to treating patients with mental illness. Her story “The Sound of Madness” appears in the current issue of Harper’s magazine.
  92. The Standoff Over Access To Public Lands2018/05/30
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  93. Why Mom Said To Stop Slouching2018/05/29
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  94. Jake Tapper Writes Fiction, Too2018/05/29
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  95. Redefining Autism And Who’s Left Out2018/05/25

    The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” sets the standards for how psychologists and psychiatrists should treat patients. Lina Zeldovich joins us to talk about how the latest revision of the manual may exclude some people on the spectrum. Her story “Why the Definition of Autism Needs to be Refined” appears in the autism journal Spectrum.
  96. You’ve Wasted Another Perfectly Good Hour — And That’s OK2018/05/25

    True downtime – with no work, no television and definitely no phones – is a scarce resource. MIT professor Alan Lightman joins us to talk about the importance of allowing our minds to wander, which he writes about in his new book, “In Praise of Wasting Time” (Simon & Schuster).
  97. Homeless Vets Are Women, Too2018/05/25

    About 55,000 women who served in the U.S. military are homeless. Jas Boothe was one of them, and she joins us to talk about how female veterans are not cared for as well as their male counterparts – and about the “Ms. Veteran America” pageant, which is trying to change that. She’s part of the Independent Lens documentary “Served Like a Girl ,” which airs Monday at 9 on KERA-TV.
  98. Syrian Refugees Are Still Dying2018/05/23
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  99. Come Together: A Guide To Better Parties And Meetings2018/05/23
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  100. Are You Part Of The American Aristocracy?2018/05/21

    The “1 percent” is the typical target for those upset by income inequality. Matthew Stewart joins us to talk about why that ire should be broadened to include a larger chunk of the populace. His story “The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy” appears in The Atlantic.
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Think is a daily, topic-driven interview and call-in program hosted by Krys Boyd covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and emerging trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment.

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