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From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

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In his book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” author Dan Egan chronicles the history of the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes as well as the natural and man-made dangers threatening it.

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One of Steven Avery’s defense attorneys from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” discusses his new book “Illusion of Justice.”

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The converted water mill where David, his wife Michele, and daughter Charlotte lived in Plaisance du Gers, Gascony. (Courtesy David McAninch)

A place where ducks outnumber people 20 to 1 might not sound like somewhere you’d want to move with your wife and young daughter. But that’s exactly what Chicago author David McAninch did.

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How as a society should we define responsibility and free will? A new book by Chicago-based journalist Kevin Davis explores these issues.

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(Courtesy of Donna Seaman)

Among America’s female artists, Georgia O’Keeffe gets much of the attention. But there are many other worthy – but lesser-known – female artists.

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The late Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks made history in 1950 as the first African-American author to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

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A Chicago author’s new book lays out the case that we can all do better.

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Peter Hayes

For 36 years, professor Peter Hayes sought to understand and explain the Holocaust to students at Northwestern University. He joins us to discuss his new book. 

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Author Michael Eric Dyson on the challenges faced by black Americans, and why it’s up to whites to address racial inequality.

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From Ukraine to Syria, a former foreign policy adviser to President George H. W. Bush sees a “World in Disarray.”

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How do you pronounce “Chicago”? Meet the author of a new book about how to speak Midwestern.

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The two-time Chicago Bulls champion talks about his new book, and the price of being outspoken.

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A fresh take on health from the author of a new guide to operating and maintaining your body.

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From San Francisco to Stockholm, stories of people who started small and ended up solving problems in their community.

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A new book argues the teachers strike of 2012 did more than just force a contract. A look inside “A Fight for the Soul of Public Education.”