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Lois Lenski illustrated Platt & Munk's 1930 edition of The Little Engine.
Platt & Munk, Penguin Young Readers Group

The efforts to keep high-tech military technology out of the hands of enemy states and combatants  comes to light in the book "Operation Shakespeare." 

Investigative reporter John Shiffman tells us about Homeland Security's three-year effort to block and apprehend arms traders from accessing some of America's leading technologies. 

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Jones Collection, DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

*This show is a rebroadcast of the April 18, 2014 episode of Texas Matters

Texas Matters: Dive into the hidden history of early Texas photographs with Lawrence T. Jones, III, whose new book, "Lens on the Texas Frontier," presents a stunning look at life in early Texas.

The history of truth in the political and corporate spheres is a sordid one. Our elected officials have gotten us into wars and our corporate leaders have driven the economy into recession --  both on the assumption that their analysis and statements were honest.

In his new book "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity," Charles Lewis reveals the lies of our public officials and corporate titans while highlighting the journalism and journalists that revealed the lies for what they were.

When Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first set of stories in the Magic Tree House series in 1992, she had a contract for four books, and she figured that would be it. But then she began getting letters from teachers, parents and kids.

"Those letters are priceless," she says. "I've memorized so many of them, like: 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, Your books almost made me smart!' or 'Dear Mrs. Osborne, I'm working on my own novel. ... It's not finished yet, it's scary, it's called The Septic System.'"

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The nearly decade-long tenure of Chief Justice John G. Roberts has seen some momentous decisions. Recent cases include the overruling of DOMA, Citizen's United and the legality of the Affordable Care Act mandate. 

The 17th head of the U.S. Supreme Court has left an indelible mark in history. Though the decisions have varied at times, privacy, corporate personhood, free speech and money in politics all have been affected, sometimes drastically, by this judge.

It's a writer's fantasy. You author a book. It hits the young adult jackpot. It sells 10 million copies. Hollywood actors fight for parts in the movie.

Welcome to John Green's reality. Not too long ago, in New York City, he introduced a screening of the film based on his novel, The Fault in Our Stars, to an audience of hundreds of teenagers ecstatically screaming his name. They cried copiously throughout the film, which follows a romance between two teenagers with cancer.

The era of win-win negotiation have been popular since the 80s, but how to get more from a negotiation is always at the forefront of the mind from the board room; from asking your boss for a raise, to making public policy. 

We all want to "win" but how do we do it while maintaining trust and keeping relationships open. The science of influence and the power of negotiation are the topic of this segment and the new book "Good For You, Great For Me" (Public Affairs) by Lawrence Susskind.

Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The government should be looking past race for its affirmative action goals, argues Sheryll Cashin in her new book, "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America." 

While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, being too focused on race blinds university administrators as well as government officials to the fact that the goal of affirmative action should be to even the playing field for the disadvantaged.

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Doctors are facing a marketplace that demands they think about many things before the patient. That's according to a new book by Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Federation and author Charles Kenney called "The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care."

Cochran argues it has never been less fulfilling emotionally and professionally than today to be a doctor. This assumes a doctor was inspired to join the field to help people and not just to make money. 

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