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PEN American Center Awards Free-Speech Prize To J.K. Rowling

The PEN/Allen award is given annually to big-name authors who embody the organization's mission "to oppose repression in any form." Rowling is a frequent target — and vocal opponent — of censorship.
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Deconstructing Gov. Chris Christie's 'Bridge To Redemption'

Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of American Governor.
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Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

The Chef's Garden is a farm in Ohio that feels like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory of vegetables. It grows cutting-edge varieties for chefs like cucamelons and eggplants the size of a pea.
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Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

Chef's Garden is a farm in Ohio growing vegetables to the specifications of the world's top chefs. It's a place where vegetables are artistic materials painstakingly tended and handled like jewels.
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Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes

At Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, owner Ariell Johnson says diversity isn't just an afterthought. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that new faces keep the heroics interesting.
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For Art's Sake, Minneapolis Man Freezes His Pants

NPR's Rachel Martin notes an art installation, of sorts, by Tim Grotting. During the winter, the Minneapolis resident freezes pants and sets them upright in his neighborhood.
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Snow Cones Fresh From The Sky: Listeners Share Recipes

NPR's Rachel Martin asks professor Staci Simonich if it's okay to eat snow. Also, our listeners called in with some of their favorite recipes using freshly fallen snow.
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Passion And Obsession En Pointe In 'Girl Through Glass'

Author Sari Wilson's new novel follows a young dancer in New York City in the 1970s, and a grown professor of dance years later — both of whom find their lives upended by dangerous relationships.
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Death Memoirs: Why The Grave Subject Sells So Well

Why do we love to read about dying? NPR's Rachel Martin asks critic Michelle Dean about the enduring popularity of books like "The Last Lecture" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."
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Young Artists Find Home And Healing At Pittsburgh Art House

Whenever artist Vanessa German worked on her porch, kids asked if they could help. Now, in a neighborhood struggling with poverty and crime, she's created a place where they can make art of their own.

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