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Friday, November 21, 2008

Bill Ayers talks about how he became a flashpoint in the presidential election this year – and whether there's anything else we need to know about his relationship with Barack Obama! Also: find out how Josef Stalin went from being a nondescript peasant boy to the most powerful of all the Soviet leaders. Art Spiegelman talks about his life in comics. And then Please Explain is all about the Sun.

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Bill Ayers and Art Spiegelman

Bill Ayers’s Fugitive Days

Bill Ayers talks about how he became a flashpoint in this year’s election – and whether he really has been “palling around” with Barack Obama. His new memoir about his days with the Weather Underground is Fugitive Days.

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Young Stalin

Find out how Josef Stalin went from being a nondescript peasant boy to a ruthless, powerful Soviet leader. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s biography is Young Stalin.

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Art Spiegelman: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!

Art Spiegelman talks about how comics shaped who he is – and how he went from being a young MAD magazine-obsessed kid in Queens to a Pulitzer Prize winner. His new illustrated memoir is Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!. He also has a new children’s ...

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Please Explain: The Sun

The Sun makes up about 99% of the total mass of the Solar System. Find out what the sun is made of, how hot it is, and why humans couldn’t survive without it. Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase is an astronomer with Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and a senior research associate ...

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