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Nigerian author Helon Habila mixes oil and water in new novel

For all the outrage directed at BP after last year’s oil spill, the destruction wreaked by the oil industry in the Niger delta goes unchallenged. Novelist Helon Habila addresses the calamity in a new novel.

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The last book: The story of Poet Laureate Donald Hall

Writer Beth Macy tells the story of former U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall, his life of poetry, loss and creation, and his thoughts on publishing his final book of poems.

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Jugaad Urbanism: Making it work

From solar powered rickshaws to a canopy made of recycled oil cans, learn about Jugaad Urbanism — an exhibit featuring the work of urban designers inspired by the resourcefullness of ordinary citizens in India.

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  Your mission: nuclear sabotage

You’re not a spy or a Navy SEAL — you’re a cyber warrior, and your goal is to hack your way into a rogue nuclear facility by answering questions about the mysterious Stuxnet computer worm.

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  Taylor Mac’s walkabout

The San Francisco-based performance artist talks about his nine-month protest walk, American identity politics and his sparkly take on what it means to be human.

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Evros: The immigrants’ gateway

VII mentor Giovanni Cocco captures scenes from Evros, a river lying on the border between Greece and Turkey that has become the major gateway for immigrants into the European Union.

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  High fiber

Correspondent Rick Karr reports on why the United States, where the Tnternet was born, has now fallen badly behind in the race to the online future.

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  Freedom Riders, 50 years later

Alison Stewart talks with Francis and Laura Randall who, 50 years ago, were part of the courageous band of American civil rights activists who risked their lives on the Freedom Rides, taking buses together through the deep south to demonstrate against Jim Crow laws.

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  A cautionary tale from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast gives a unique take on an old fable about saving for the future and living for the moment.