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As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value'

There was an art revolution underway in the 1950s and '60s. But not all painters embraced this major turning point in art.


It's Not Tennessee Whiskey If It's Aged In Kentucky, State Says

Tennessee recently began regulating whiskey carrying the state name, sparking a dispute between two liquor titans. A complaint over barrels stored in Kentucky added a new twist to the conflict.

Living Openly With HIV: 'We Could Be Those Role Models We Wish We Had'

William Brawner has been HIV-positive for most of his life. He kept his status a secret for years, even from friends and sexual partners. His life is the subject of a new documentary, "25 to Life."

Book News: Cache Of Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

Also: Evie Wyld's gorgeous, grim novel All the Birds, Singing has won the Encore award; Clinton's Hard Choices sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 19

You can see an award-winning play or check out an exhibit in which all that glitters really is gold.


The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row

Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer.

What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 18

You can see a play and a concert that apply a quirky twist to their classical roots.


From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.

In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

A documentary follows three generations of a family as they harvest the essential seasoning in the blazing desert heat of Gujarat, India. But rather than decry their hard labor, the film honors it.