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With ‘Serial,’ Journalist Sarah Koenig Took the Podcast Format to New, Award-winning Heights

American Journalist Sarah Koenig is a former producer and guest host for the television and NPR program “This American Life” and the host and executive producer of its spinoff, “Serial.” Koenig, who is Jewish, was born in New York City. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990 with a bachelor of arts in political science…

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The Prolific and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet, and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She has written 28 books across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature, and often focuses on the “Indigerati,” her name for urban, intellectual Native Americans of the Upper Midwest…

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Pearl S. Buck: Award-Winning Writer and Tireless Advocate

Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck (née Sydenstricker) published prodigiously throughout her career, with much of her work focusing on her experiences in China. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is best known for her critically acclaimed best-seller The Good Earth…

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As ‘Science’s Unruly Earth Mother,’ Lynn Margulis Championed a New Theory of Life’s Origins

In the scientific community, Lynn Margulis is known as a rebel – and she’s as synonymous with the theory of symbiosis as Charles Darwin is with evolution. Her serial endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell development, the idea that early cells combined to become more complex, completely revolutionized the conception of how life began on earth…

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