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America knows how to market itself, its products, and its ideas. For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, American marketing creativity, power, and prestige influence consumers the world over.

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One of the most intrepid-and funniest-science writers working today, Mary Roach has explored sex (Bonk), corpses (Stiff), and digestion (Gulp).

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Just how powerful are our memories? This is the central question of The Water Dancer, the first novel from Ta-Nehisi Coates, well-known for his Atlantic essays, and a National Book Award winner for Between the World and Me.

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Its hard to predict whether Dick Gregory will be most celebrated as a path-breaking comedian or a trailblazing civil rights activist.

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It's hard to believe that "Cyberspace" a term coined by William Gibson, is almost 30 years old.

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In advance of HAMILTON opening in Chicago, Pulitzer, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Olivier and MacArthur "Genius" Grant award-winning actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda joined Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones to discuss his life, inspiration, and past creative works.

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"If America is essentially an idea, then JAY is its best embodiment," says Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown sociology professor, New York Times contributing opinion writer, and contributing editor of The New Republic.

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Tom Hanks, iconic actor-producer-director-screenwriter, has added to his list of accomplishments: author. NPR host Peter Sagal joins the two-time Academy Award-winner to discuss his love of writing, the creative process, and his debut collection of short stories Uncommon Type.

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Professor of economics at Yale University and co-creator of the Case-Shiller Index of U.S. home prices, Robert Shiller has written extensively on just how large a role belief plays in economic behavior.

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Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professor Steven Levitsky, argues that America is not immune from the authoritarian slide that has caused democracies in Europe and Latin America to collapse.

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