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  • The U.S. has spent millions of dollars since the 1980s on anti-drug ads. But research shows that some of these older public service announcements might be counterproductive. Now that the ads are shifting to reach teens who want to rebel, new studies show they may actually be more effective.
  • It's hard to determine just how many veterans became ill because they were at nuclear test sites, but one soldier who witnessed more than 20 bomb explosions in the Nevada desert in 1957 says a lot of good men died because of it.
  • Bill James is best known for his contributions to baseball, but his latest book focuses on another, very different, favorite pastime: crime stories. Popular Crime looks at the effects infamous crimes have had on our culture.
  • It isn't easy to transition from teen idol to Hollywood star — and while heartthrob Rob Lowe may have succeeded, that's not to say his career hasn't seen some historic highs and lows. He chronicles his journey from the Brat Pack to The West Wing in a new memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.