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Arts, Culture & Media

Finding the courage to write about cowardice

"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.

Health & Medicine

A new book recounts the forgotten history of autism

We tend to think of autism as a modern disease — “the unique disorder of our uniquely disordered times," as author Steve Silberman writes in a new book. But that idea, he says, doesn't quite square with the facts. The real history of autism is less known and more tragic — both for the people who suffered from the disorder and for the doctor, Hans Asperger, whose pioneering ideas about autism were long neglected.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Nova Scotia. Anchor Marco Werman speaks to a couple of Scotsmen who've been traveling through Nova Scotia recently, drumming up support for a celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Arts, Culture & Media

Revealing a lie of forbidden love

Anchor Katy Clark speaks with the director of a documentary about con-artist Norma Khouri. Khouri became an international sensation in 2003 for her debut novel, "Forbidden Love." It was billed as the true-life story of the honor-killing of Khouri's best friend in Jordan. Turns out, Khouri made up the story. Critics say her con damaged efforts to reform laws to protect women in Jordan, and exposes Westerners' willingness to believe the worst of the Middle East.