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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine  |   

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression  |   

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists  |   

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers  |   

Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81  |   

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.