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Martha Brockenbrough
Martha Brockenbrough is the author of "Things That Make Us [Sic]," a guide to funny bad grammar. She is also the founder of SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar.
Tamim Ansary
Tamim is author of the critically acclaimed memoir "West of Kabul, East of New York" and 38 nonfiction books for children.
Anu Garg
Anu Garg is the founder of Wordsmith.org, an online community of word lovers in 200 countries. He has authored three books on the origins of words.

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Ever Wonder?
9 Monsters Rated: Which is Scariest?
Astrology: Serious Science or Strictly for Fun?
Can You Increase Your Willpower?
Could You be the Next John Grisham?
Does Bigfoot Exist?
How Old Is Too Old To Learn?
How to See a Ghost
The Mysteries of Amelia Earhart
The Secret Behind Secret Messages
What Really Causes Crop Circles?
Whatever Happened to the Metric System?
What Makes People Picky Eaters?
What's Your IQ?
Which Are Smarter, Cats or Dogs?
Why Are Stocks Worth Anything?
Why Do Knuckles Crack?
Why Do We Have to Get Old?
Science and Nature
10 Great Scientific Discoveries
3 Bugs You Should Love
Beyond Batman: Super Gross Superheroes and Villains
Family Feud: What Does it Mean that Obama and Cheney are Cousins?
Is Birth Order Destiny?
Is There Life After Oil?
Making Sense of Dreams
The 10 Greatest Inventions
The Strange Truth About Twins
What Your Handwriting Says About You
When All Else Fails: Dating Tips From the Animal Kingdom
Education and Learning
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7 Things for Teens at the Library (Besides Books)
7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at the Library
12 Memory Tricks
12 Ways to Make the Most of Summer
A Better Nation Through Education
America's Best College
Are Teachers Overpaid?
Are Kids' Books Boring?
Back to School: 3 Resolutions for the 'Other New Year'
Blogs Invade Classrooms!
Can Leadership Be Learned?
"Cheaterpants!": Are Kids Today Worse Than Ever?
Classic Toys: Playthings with Staying Power
Computers in Schools: Are We There Yet?
Debate Secrets and Embarrassing Lessons
Diary of a College Freshman: Volume 1
Diary of a College Freshman: Volume 2
Do Better Schools Make a Better Nation?
Does Classical Music Make Kids Smarter?
Does Speed-Reading Really Work?
Emotional Intelligence: What Cartoons Can Teach
Finding a Killer Summer Job
Friends 101: Why Friends are Important, and How You Can Help Your Child Succeed
Homework: Too Much of a Good Thing?
How College Costs Could Lead to a Market Crash
How to Succeed at School: A Former Teacher Tells All
How Your Memory Works
Is it Time for Big Bird to Die?
Is Memorization Dead?
Is the Education Better at Boarding Schools?
Kids and After-School Time: Filling the Void
Kids Today: Dumb and Dumber?
Know It All: What Should Everyone Learn?
Learning for Fun
Lefties: Sinister or Special?
Literature: Why Read the Classics?
Love a Librarian
Majoring in Leadership
Many Kinds of Smart
Mirror, Mirror, What Should We Teach?
More Art, Better Schools
Myth of America's Failing Schools
No Adult Left Behind?
Power Learning: Can You Beef Up Your Brain?
Say So Long to Summer: Is More School Better School?
Should College Teach a Trade?
The Case for Liberal Arts
The Cold Facts
The Fastest Readers in History
The Physiology of Fear, or Why Everyone's a Little Chicken
The Reality of College Sports Scholarships
The Richest Colleges
The Skinny on School Lunches
The Strange Truth About Twins
The Student-Teacher Connection: A Vital Link to Learning
The Top 10 Richest Colleges
The Trouble with Testing
Tips from a Former Spelling Champion
Unlocking the Mysteries of Great Teaching
What Community Colleges Mean to Democracy
What Did You Learn in School Today? A Parents' Guide to Homework Help
What Effect Reading Has on Our Minds
What Is a Leader?
When Good Food Goes Bad
Who Can Test a Test?
Why Learn a Second Language?
Why the Library Rules in Summer
Why Tuition Keeps Soaring
Language
46 Ways to Embarrass Yourself in Writing
Are Old Languages Worth Saving?
Debate Greats: Political Zingers and How They Work
Does IM Make U Dum?
Errors That Aren't
Grammar Ethics
Grammar Lessons for Pop Stars
Grumpy Martha's Guide to Grammar and Usage
In Defense of the Cliché
In Defense of the Semicolon
National Grammar Day: Why You Should Care
On Words With Anu Garg: Reinvent, Reuse, Recycle
On Words With Anu Garg: Sherbert With No R-tificial Ingredients
Put Your Writing on a Diet
Verbs Gone Wild
Why You Should Keep a Journal
Society
2 Political Parties? Why Not 50?
9/11 Revisited: An Afghan American Perspective
An Ode to the Commode
Are Political Campaigns Getting Nastier?
Backup Presidents
Best and Worst Political Slogans
Can Technology Save Our Elections?
Christmas not for You? 4 Holiday Alternatives
Deconstructing Freedom
Entertainer-in-Chief?
Giving Away Millions: It's Only Human
Have Sports Records Become Unbreakable?
History's Great Peacemakers
How Do You Tell a Democrat from a Republican?
How Social Networking Sites Can Make You a Superhero
Is Your Boss an Ape?
Ladies First? Gender Disparity in the Classroom and the Workplace
Madam President: Women Have Ruled Other Countries -- Why Not the U.S.?
Not Your Founding Fathers' Democracy
September 11th and Beyond: What Do We Teach the Kids?
The Electoral College Exposed
What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?
What Does it Mean to Be 'Presidential'?
What Would Sacagawea Do?
Who Needs Politicians?
Who Was the Greatest President?
Who's Got Nuclear Weapons?
Women Warriors We Love
Women Who Rule: 10 Firsts
Et Cetera
5 Achievements That Deserve Nobel Prizes but Don't Get Them ... Yet
14 Things You Can Learn at a Wedding
A Teen's Taxing Questions
Amusing Ourselves To Death
Are You Beautiful? Why Looks Matter
Are You Rude? 4 Accidental Goofs
Celebrity Germ Freaks
Conspiracy Theory: Who's Controlling History?
Daylight-Saving Time: What's the Point?
Do You Talk Funny?
Fashion: 1 Fib and 3 Truths
Great Inventions of the Next Fifty Years
High Maintenance: Wacky Celebrity Insurance Policies
History's Greatest Hoaxes (and How to Avoid Being Hornswoggled)
How Scared Should You Be?
How to Make $67 Billion a Year
How to Win at Trivia Games
Is This an Age of Invention?
I've Got Mail!
Land of the Weird: 8 Kooky Roadside Attractions
Meat on Legs: The Story of the Turkey
Notable Nitwits: A Roundup of World-Class Fools
The Best Mother's Day Gift Ever
The Biggest, Best, and Worst Gifts in History
The Funniest Jokes in History
The Greatest Mistakes of All Time
The History of Magic
The Pilgrims Watched Football (and Other Thanksgiving Myths)
The Secret to Happiness
The Secret Truth Behind Groundhog Day
The Trouble With Love (Stories)
The True Story of Santa
The Truth About UFOs
'Tis the Season to be Sickly
Urban Legends: Lies We Love to Tell
Weird Beauty Treatments for Celebrity Suckers
What Makes a Sport 'Olympic'?
What's in a Name? More Than You Think
Who's Afraid of Friday the 13th?
Why We Decorate Trees, and Other Christmas Questions
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