The Reading Brain

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Find out how the human brain learns to read - and why some people have a hard time learning to read, as can be the case with dyslexics. Also: the story of an Ethiopian woman's mission to help AIDS orphans in her country. Junot Diaz talks about his hit novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. And the history of how the AP covers breaking news.

If you're wondering what to eat over the New Year's holiday, check out our recent New Year's food show.

And find out how you can participate in our new film series, Political Projections. We're asking you to watch a few movies about campaigns, and then tune in on Jan. 8 for a discussion.


Junot Diaz

The Science of the Reading Brain

Professor of child development Maryanne Wolf explains how the human brain learns to read – and why some people have a very difficult time learning how to read, as in the case of dyslexics. Her recent book is Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading ...

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Helping AIDS Orphans in Ethiopia

Ethiopian AIDS orphans often don’t get the help they need. Journalist Melissa Fay Greene tells the story of a remarkable Ethiopian woman who found herself running an unofficial orphanage for some of those children. Her recent book is There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue ...


Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz’s acclaimed debut novel is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Michiko Kakutani wrote in the New York Times that it’s "so original it can only be described as Mario Vargas Llosa meets Star Trek meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West."

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Making News

The reporters of the Associated Press have been on the scene of every breaking news story of the past 160 years, as chronicled in a new book called Breaking News. AP vice president and managing editor Mike Silverman, photographer Richard Drew, and staff writer Richard Pyle will tell us ...


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