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Monday, April 14, 2008

Find out how traumatic brain injuries are treated, and the unusual behavior that they can cause -- like a woman who lost her short-term memory, and has to be reintroduced to her husband over and over again. Also: an unusual childhood in Botswana. We hear about some ancient grave goods excavated from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. And an American-born son of two Iraqis describes his recent return to Baghdad and his frustration with what’s happened there.

Head Cases: The World of Traumatic Brain Injury

We visit the world of traumatic brain injury, from how the injuries treated, to the unusual behavior they can cause – like a woman who lost much of her memory and has to be reintroduced to her husband over and over again. Michael Paul Mason is author of ...

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Growing Up in Botswana

When Robyn Scott was 7, her peripatetic parents moved the family to a game farm in Botswana, close to the border of South Africa. She writes about her unusual childhood and her first-hand exposure to the apartheid mindset in a new book, Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story ...

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Golden Graves of Ancient Vani

Ancient Colchis is the land where Jason and the Argonauts went in search of the Golden Fleece, according to ancient Greek mythology. Beautiful gold and silver objects from graves in Vani (in the present-day Republic of Georgia) are now on display in a new exhibit, "Wine, Worship, and ...

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An Iraqi-American Memoir

Haider Ala Hamoudi is the American-born son of two Iraqi parents. Many of his relatives still live in Iraq, and he himself returned to Baghdad to work on a USAID contract. In a new book, Howling in Mesopotamia: An Iraqi-American Memoir, he writes about what he’s seen recently in ...

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