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'The Book of Jezebel': An Honest Look At 'Lady Things'

Anna Holmes didn't see much reality in beauty magazines, so she started the website Jezebel — a women's mag "without the airbrushing." Now, she's the editor of an illustrated encyclopedia that takes a look at the world according to women.
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What's Really Priceless? Art, Money And Fate In Tartt's 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's new novel The Goldfinch follows a motherless boy and a priceless painting in the aftermath of a terror attack. It's only her third novel in 21 years. Tartt tells NPR's Scott Simon that she started thinking about art, money and fate after stumbling across an art exhibition in a Las Vegas casino.
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The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

The jazz legend practiced his saxophone 10 to 15 hours a day before he got his big break, and while he wasn't the most reliable husband, when it came to music, he never wavered. Scholar Stanley Crouch's Kansas City Lightning is the first of a two-volume biography of Parker.
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Washington Improv Theater Brings The Funny To Anacostia Workshops

Funny knows no bounds, least of all geography. That's why Washington Improv Theater is bringing their craft across the Anacostia River.

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A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.
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For A Free Spirit, A Grim '12 Years' In Chains

A brutal corrective to gauzy portrayals of the antebellum South, this true story of a man kidnapped into slavery took home the top audience prize at the Toronto Film Festival. NPR's Bob Mondello says it emphatically deserved the honor. (Recommended)
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Scratch 'N' Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise ... Or At Least More Fun

Wine is a grocery, not a luxury. That's the premise behind a fun, new wine guide filled with charming illustrations and scratch 'n' sniffs. But don't let the playfulness fool you. There's some serious science in the book, which covers the full gamut of tasting with humor and a refreshing simplicity.
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At Home At Sea: Robert Redford, At His Best Alone

The actor is a cast of one in All Is Lost, about a man adrift alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Fresh Air critic David Edelstein says Redford and director J.C. Chandor have pulled off the ultimate fusion of actor and character. (Recommended)
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Haves And Have-Nots

Income inequality is at an all-time high between the haves and the have-nots. But can the poverty gap potentially be eliminated? In this hour, TED speakers share some big ideas about inequality and new ways we might achieve prosperity for all.
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Greenspan: 'I Probably Could Have Caught' Economic Crises

Alan Greenspan was often celebrated during his long chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. But Greenspan's policies have been blamed by some for the Great Recession. In an interview with NPR about his new book, The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting, Greenspan discusses difficulties in predicting economic calamity.

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