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  • Alex Stone on "Fooling Houdini"
    After receiving a magic kit from his dad when he was 5 years old, Alex Stone became hooked on illusions and the mysterious nature of the magic scene. In his new book, "Fooling Houdini," Stone explains the science of illusion through psychology, neuroscience and physics.The Daily Circuit, August 5, 2012
  • Joel Stein's 'Man Made' journey
    As 38-year-old Joel Stein prepares for the birth of his son, the Time magazine staff writer decided to go on a "manquest" to learn about some of the more manly things in life he's neglected. He spent time with firefighters, Boy Scouts, learns about baseball, goes hunting and becomes a day trader.The Daily Circuit, July 31, 2012
  • Book pick: 'The Art of Intelligence' by Henry A. Crumpton
    Kerri's book Pick of the Week is "The Art of Intelligence" by Henry A. Crumpton. It's a look back at Crumpton's career at the CIA.The Daily Circuit, July 30, 2012
  • The 88 books that shaped America
    The Library of Congress created a list of 88 books that shaped America. From Thomas Paine to Toni Morrison, the LOC hopes this list will start a discussion about books written by Americans that influenced our lives.The Daily Circuit, July 26, 2012
  • Grammar Girl on '101 Troublesome Words'
    Mignon Fogarty is the 'Grammar Girl' - answering silly and challenging questions you've been embarrassed to ask about trickier parts of language. Her latest book tackles the words that can wreak havoc on your writing and vocabulary.The Daily Circuit, July 26, 2012
  • Book pick: 'Fooling Houdini'
    Kerri's book Pick of the Week is 'Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks & the Hidden Power of the Mind' by Alex Stone.The Daily Circuit, July 23, 2012
  • Chef Marcus Samuelsson's love letter to food and family
    In "Yes, Chef," world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson tells the story of growing up as an adopted Ethiopian boy cooking with his Swedish grandmother. His new memoir is "his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations."The Daily Circuit, July 23, 2012
  • Marlene Zuk on life with 'Six Legs'
    Like many kids, Marlene Zuk spent much of her childhood fascinated by insects, and as she grew up that passion lead her to career in science. Her newest book, "Sex on Six Legs," examines how even the smallest creatures lead complex lives.The Daily Circuit, July 20, 2012
  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran on 'Little America'
    The United States has been in Afghanistan for more than a decade and lost nearly two thousand soldiers, yet the goals of the war remain unclear and elusive. In his new book, 'Little America,' Rajiv Chandrasekaran looks at what went wrong.The Daily Circuit, July 20, 2012
  • Lynn Sherr on why we love to 'Swim'
    Veteran news correspondent Lynn Sherr's new book, "Swim" examines why we love the water - through history, anecdote and Sherr's own quest to swim across the channel separating Asia and Europe.The Daily Circuit, July 18, 2012
  • David Agus on 'The End of Illness'
    Is illness part of life or something we're unnecessarily suffering from? Is a disease something you get or something the body does? In David Agus' book "The End of Illness," the oncologist and researcher looks at illness from a preventative standpoint.The Daily Circuit, July 17, 2012
  • Book pick: 'The Octopus and the Orangutan' by Eugene Linden
    This week, Weber chose "The Octopus and the Orangutan" by Eugene Linden. The book looks at the intelligence -- or lack thereof -- of animals that are widely believed to be the smartest creatures.The Daily Circuit, July 9, 2012
  • Martin Rees on "From Here to Infinity"
    Is scientific theory inaccessible to the general public? Astrophysicist Martin Rees argues it's accessible to everyone in his new book, "From Here to Infinity." He joins us to discuss the ideas behind his book.The Daily Circuit, July 5, 2012
  • Daniel Chamovitz on what plants know
    In "What a Plant Knows," biologist Daniel Chamovitz uses plant research to explain how plants survive, adapt and react to their surrounding environment. How much do humans have in common with plants?The Daily Circuit, July 1, 2012
  • Dan Ariely on why we lie
    If you think you're an honest person, think again. In his latest book, "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty," Dan Ariely says we are all cheaters. He'll explain research that proves we're all guilty of some unethical behavior in our lives.The Daily Circuit, June 28, 2012
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