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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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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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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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A stunning departure-and compelling return. From Anne Rice, perennial best-selling author and inventor of the modern vampire genre, comes a chilling, hypnotic new novel.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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