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Is there a ‘liberal gene’?

Political preferences may, in part, be attributed to genetics, according to a study released just before Election Day. So will people start “designing” babies with politics in mind? Need to Know spoke with the study’s author.

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Ask Amy: Craft tips and other advice from comedian Amy Sedaris

Need to Know is taking questions for Amy Sedaris, the comedian and master do-it-yourselfer, about her new book, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.”

Transcript: George Packer on ‘The Empty Chamber’

A transcript of Tom Casciato’s extended interview with The New Yorker’s George Packer.

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  What your pumpkin says about you

An unscientific analysis of what your Halloween Jack O’Lantern is telling the neighbors about you.

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  Too early, too often

Blogger Matthew Yglesias on what’s wrong with the way America votes.

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  How to be mayor of Chicago

In our new advice column, Just Ask, Peter Sagal advises a longtime politico on how to reshape his image.

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  A political song and dance

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham talks to the director and star of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” about the show’s contemporary relevance.

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  Andrew Jackson is back, ‘Bloody’ and a rock star

Andrew Jackson has a new constituency: Broadway musical fans. Jackson biographer Jon Meacham spoke with the director of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Warning: Video contains singing and dancing.

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  Facts all come with points of view

An NPR librarian considers all facts.