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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you tuned into "Jeopardy!" in 2011, you might have heard an exchange like this.

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ALEX TREBEK: Watson, start us, please.

WATSON: The European Union for $200.

Lori Jean Phipps writes books for big kids and little kids. In one of her books, she recorded what her day is like as a preschool teacher in Orland, California. In "Get It?" she records the words of the children themselves. "Tis the Season to be Molly" is one of her books for children that she illustrated herself.

Activist, writer, and teacher Brenda Hillman's new collection has been nominated for a National Book Award. This work concludes a four-book series exploring earth, air, water, and fire.

Chico shaman Victoria Hunt studied metaphysics and earth spirituality for over 20 years and especially Celtic spirituality. She says when we simply take a walk in nature, we can travel into "Faery" and bring wisdom from that consciousness to help make things better for everyone on this planet. Her book describes elementals (earth, water, fire, and air spirits), gnomes, elves, sylphs, as well as the significance of solstice and equinox; and why we should leave some part of Bidwell Park wild.

Peace activist James Douglass tediously researched previously unreleased documents from the 1960s and came up with startling conclusions about the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Peggy Jennings-Severe is a student services administrator at Butte College who wrote her book to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships by providing questions and activities to expand and deepen conversation at family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

This is a continuation of Zigrid Vidners's first book, "I Grew Up in Latvia." She was a refugee from her home country during the Second World War who escaped Stalin's troops by fleeing to Germany. After the war she had the opportunity to to go England to work in a hospital. A lot changed when she met a young Latvian man Ed Vidners.

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