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Neuro-self-help, Dr. Elmo, and a liberal legacy: Today’s TNR Reader

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy!

Life of a liberal firebrand: Why does Ann Richards’ legacy loom so large?   
Texas Monthly | 7 min (1,686 words)

You can’t have pediatric care without Elmo. Before you treat the disease, you have to treat the child.
The Atlantic | 5 min (1,341 words)

When movies mattered: Pauline Kael’s capacious, casual criticism.
NYRB | 15 min (3,648 words)

“Neuroscience” books on the rise. But are they more self-help than science?
New Statesman | 10 min (2,470 words)