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Want To Learn About The Scientific Method? Go Bake Some Cookies  |   

How one woman's quest to bring you the scientific method has resulted in a blog project chock-full of chocolate chip cookie experiments. Wear your oven mitt and bring a glass of milk.

As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain   |   

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You  |   

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner  |   

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park  |   

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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