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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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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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For more than a decade, actor and author Alan Alda hosted PBS's Scientific American Frontiers, interviewing scientists from physicists to neuroscientists.

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Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. She joins us to make the case that addressing gender equality is key to making life better for all (As she says, "If you want to lift a society up, invest in women").

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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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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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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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Novelist Ayelet Waldman despaired managing her mood disorder-and her husband and children were suffering too. Then she tried something new: 10 micrograms of LSD.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most powerful writers today. A staffer for "The Atlantic" and author of a memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle," he shares his stunning and evocative reflections on what it is like to inhabit a black male body in contemporary America.

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