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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 28

A coming-of-age story hits the stage on the last day of Black History Month, and two art exhibits show the vast uses for photography.

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Book News: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Author Says Next Book Will Be Tamer

Also: DC Comics kills off Batman's legendary sidekick; Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir; and banned performance enhancing drugs in literary competitions.
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Fashion For Pregnancy Bumps

Fashion for pregnant women has taken a big step forward recently. Now that celebrity fashionistas Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian are expecting, some designers are offering more runway-ready maternity wear. Host Michel Martin talks about the trend with Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 27

The places we go, people we meet and things we do can greatly impact our worldview and sense of self. In the case of the artistically inclined, it can also inform their work.

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Book News: New Claims About Nixon In Posthumous Robert Bork Memoir

Also: Drag queen is uninvited to Dr. Seuss reading; course syllabi of famous authors; and Russell Brand is working on a new book.
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Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Beauty vs. security. Some say the two can exist in the same space when it comes to America's embassies.
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Remembering The Man Who Made The Daleks A Metallic Menace

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talk about the passing of former production designer Ray Cusick. Cusick designed the Daleks, an evil alien race on the long-running BBC sci-fi show, Doctor Who. He died Thursday at the age of 84.
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Women Of Grunge Reclaim Rock History In 'These Streets'

Two years ago, the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind sparked a slew of retrospectives about the Seattle grunge scene. But those narratives left something out: the influence of women. A new play by Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff aims to update the historical record.

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