Following Directions: Stories about improvising

Comedian Joseph Scrimshaw is terrified of messing up when his new museum job requires him to bake, and science writer Cassandra WIllyard is frustrated by the restrictions put on her during her pregnancy.

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Expectations: Stories about surprising discoveries

Neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik are surprised by what they learn when they investigate deception at a psychic convention, and while working in the South Sudan, OB-GYN Africa Stewart must wait for an elder's permission before treating a pregnant woman gored by a bull.

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Leaving Home: Stories about the places we're from

Raised as a creationist, Jennifer Colbourne falls in love with evolutionary science, and Herman B. White leaves his hometown of Tuskegee behind to pursue physics -- but his Alabama roots help him make a surprising connection.

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Bright Ideas: Stories about inspiration

Author Kate Greathead sets off on a cross-country drive to escape her anxiety, and after years of studying worms, Tracy Chong begins to wonder if they might hold the key to alleviating hunger. 

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Me vs. My Brain: Stories about losing your self

When Sandi Marx develops cognitive symptoms of lupus, she worries she'll lose the aspects of her personality that she values most, and chemist Toria Stafford's untreated mental illness starts to overwhelm both her science and her personal life. 

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