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It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Put down that screen: today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

While on vacation in the U.S., Ryan Pate called Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics "backstabbers" and described Arabs as "filthy." He was arrested upon his return. He faces 5 years in prison.

Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

The "Greatest Show on Earth" has been under pressure for years from animal rights advocates over its use of Asian elephants in its 5,000 annual shows.

State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

Bills concerning health care exchanges are pending in at least 16 states. The measures are split pretty evenly between ones that seek to bolster the exchanges and those that would impede or bar them.

Plane Skids Off Runway At New York's LaGuardia; No Injuries

The Delta Air Lines flight inbound from Atlanta slid off the runway and into a fence on the side of the tarmac. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Michael Brown's Family Will File Civil Suit Over His Death

The news comes a day after the Justice Department cleared Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown, in a civil rights probe — and gave a scathing appraisal of the Ferguson Police Department.

India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

The government, which has banned the Indian media from broadcasting India's Daughter or even showing clips from it pending an investigation, also ordered YouTube to take down the documentary.

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But creativity can take a big hit without a change of scenery.

Second-Day Proceedings Underway In Boston Marathon Trial

Jurors will hear more testimony in the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the accused bomber, a day after a dramatic admission of guilt and often-heartbreaking accounts from victims of the deadly 2013 attack.

Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

Up to 10 inches of snowfall is possible in some areas of the mid-Atlantic. A slippery "wintry mix" caused the closing of federal government offices.

Medication And Female Moods

March 5, 2015
One in four women use psychiatric medication. The reasons for the medication aren't always so clear. (Flickr)

Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim.

70 Years After Hitler’s Death, Germany To Republish ‘Mein Kampf’

March 4, 2015
One of two rare copies of "Mein Kampf," signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and due for auction, are pictured in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2014. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The new annotated edition of the book will mark the first time in decades that the text will be found in German bookstores.

Burying Grief In Training A Goshawk

March 3, 2015
Mabel the goshawk. (Helen Macdonald/Twitter)

In her award-winning book “H Is for Hawk,” Helen Macdonald tells the story of training a vicious predator after her father’s death.

Revisiting A Blast From The Past With Dave Barry

March 3, 2015
An 11-year-old Jeremy Hobson (left) is pictured with Dave Barry and Chris Jeckel in 1993 at Willard Airport in Savoy, Ill. (WILL)

Jeremy Hobson took the opportunity to catch up with the writer and humorist, whom he last interviewed in 1993 at the age of 11.

Revisiting The Pre-WWII Chinese Nightclubs With Author Lisa See

March 2, 2015
A promotional playbill from the Forbidden City nightclub, which was in business from the late 1930s to the late 1950s. (Wikimedia Commons)

The novel “China Dolls” tells the story of popular Chinese nightclubs in San Francisco in the late 1930s.

The Beanie Baby Boom And Bust – What Happened?

March 2, 2015
Beanie Babies (dominiquegodbout/Flickr)

Zac Bissonnette drew on hundreds of interviews to write a book about “mass delusion and the dark side of cute.”

Ralph Nader And A Plan To ‘Save Sports’

February 28, 2015
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From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”

Darkness, Snow And Ice: The Literature Inspired By Winter

February 27, 2015
Walden pond in winter (gribley/flickr)

There’s more to winter than shoveling and tough commutes. There’s love and joy. We’ll talk winter and the literature it inspires.

A Guide To A Godless Morality

February 26, 2015
Humanist chaplain Bart Campolo, center, a former Evangelical Christian youth minister, and his wife, Marty, right, mingle with students as they wait for the start of a forum at the University of Southern California, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

More Americans are turning away from religion. We’ll look at how to live a moral life without it.

Revisiting Ransom Riggs’ Latest ‘Peculiar Children’ Book

February 24, 2015
An image from the cover of "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs, the sequel to "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children." (Quirk Books)

“Hollow City” is the second book in his “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series about children with supernatural powers.

What Putin Wants, Putin (Usually) Gets

February 23, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, poses with World War II veterans after the award ceremony in St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. President Putin awarded World War II veterans with jubilee medals marking the 70th victory anniversary of World War II.  (AP)

What does Vladimir Putin want, in Ukraine and beyond? We’ll unpack a big new biography of the Russian leader.

‘The Monopolists’ Uncovers The Origins Of Monopoly

February 21, 2015
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The popular board game Monopoly has sold over 275 million copies. Author Mary Pilon uncovers the real history of the game in her new book ‘The Monopolists.’ The author joins Karen Given.

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

February 19, 2015
Danny Gregory sketched this picture of himself sketching breakfast. (Danny Gregory)

Think you’re too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

Life Forever Young? It's Here Sooner Than You Think

February 19, 2015
As people live longer and longer, questions rise around how to live better, longer. (Flickr / Yuliya Bahr)

We’re sorting through the science of living a longer, healthier life with the author of “Spring Chicken.”

A Young Malcolm X, Through The Eyes Of His Daughter

February 17, 2015
American civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) speaks at a podium during a Black Muslim rally in Washington DC, circa 1963. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Ilyasah Shabazz has written a young adult novel based on her father’s troubled teenage years, before he became a civil rights activist.

How Cambridge’s Polaroid Changed The Way We Think About Photos, Patents

February 16, 2015
Dr. Edwin Land, left, inventor of the Polaroid Land camera,  demonstrates a minute picture 1948 (AP Photo).

Edwin Land was the founder of Polaroid, a company that revolutionized photography.

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