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"I was much less self-assured now that I was a patient myself," says neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. "I suddenly felt much less certain about how I'd been [as a doctor], how I'd handled patients, how I'd spoken to them." Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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After cancer diagnosis, a neurosurgeon sees life, death and his career in a new way

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The Texas and the ATF flags fly at half staff April 23, 1993, over the only structure left standing after a fire destroyed the the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas on April 19. J. David Ake/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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30 years after the siege, 'Waco' examines what led to the catastrophe

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"Master Slave Husband Wife" reconstructs the dramatic escape of a couple from slavery in 1848. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Ilyon Woo's new book explores the relentless pursuit of freedom

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These workers were promised green cards following Hurricane Katrina. Instead they were issued temporary visas that bound them to a single employer. Courtesy of Ted Quant/Workman hide caption

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Sold an American Dream, these workers from India wound up living a nightmare

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After 30+ years, 'The Stinky Cheese Man' is aging well

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Elizabeth Colomba and Aurélie Lévy's new graphic novel Queenie: Godmother of Harlem revives the forgotten story of Harlem mob boss Stephanie Saint Clair AKA Queenie in the form of a mafia thriller. Elizabeth Colomba, Aurélie Lévy/Abrams Comicarts - Megascope hide caption

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Is the U.S. government designating too many documents as 'classified'?

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Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2022 in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. faces 'unprecedented uncertainty' regarding abortion law, legal scholar says

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Author George M. Johnson on the need to tell all people's stories

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Want to understand the U.S.? This historian says the South holds the key

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George Saunders on how a slaughterhouse and some obscene poems shaped his writing

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Author Aubrey Gordon Wants To Debunk Myths About Fat People

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Writer Aubrey Gordon wants to change the way people think and talk about fatness, including how the word "fat" is used. Beth Olson/Beacon Press hide caption

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Anti-fatness keeps fat people on the margins, says Aubrey Gordon

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An self-portrait of Deena Mohamed, author of the graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik — a fantasy story of making wishes in modern-day Egypt. Deena Mohamed hide caption

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Lauren Fleshman's memoir, Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World, is a memoir and a critique of how the sports world treats female athletes. Ryan Warner/Oiselle hide caption

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The sports world is still built for men. This elite runner wants to change that

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'Bad Sex' and how the sexual revolution left women's desires behind

For women who date men, bad sex might feel like a personal problem, but Nona Willis Aronowitz says it's political too. In Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution, Aronowitz tackles the historic and systemic causes of unsatisfying sex. With wisdom from both her reading and romps, Aronowitz sits down with host Brittany Luse to talk about pleasure and the paths to building better relationships with men.

'Bad Sex' and how the sexual revolution left women's desires behind

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Banned Books: Maia Kobabe explores gender identity in 'Gender Queer'

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Robert Gottlieb describes editing as a service job: "Our job is to serve the word, serve the author, serve the text." Thomas Victor/Courtesy of the Estate of Thomas Victor, LLC / Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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He's edited Caro, le Carré and 'Catch-22,' but doesn't mind if you don't know his name

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Banned Books: Author Jerry Craft on telling stories all kids can identify with

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