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Almost every culture and religion around the world has some version of paradise. For some, it can be found in simple pleasures, while for others, paradise is elusive. Travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer has spent decades thinking and writing about the concept. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book, The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise, which takes readers from the grand mosques of Iran to the empty streets of North Korea and the funeral pyres of Varanasi, India, all to better understand what paradise means to people, and himself.