The evolution of the book – Julie Dreyfuss

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to…

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The world’s most mysterious book – Stephen Bax

Deep inside Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library lies the only copy of a 240-page tome. Recently carbon…

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“Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class” poem by Clint Smith

I’m Clint Smith and this is “Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class.” You, it seems, are the…

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The Chinese myth of the immortal white snake – Shunan Teng

The talented young herbalist named Xu Xian was in trouble. It should have been a victorious moment– he had just…

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What causes cavities? – Mel Rosenberg

When a team of archaeologists recently came across some 15,000 year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery. The teeth…

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