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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 26

Using art as your time machine, you can travel back to the Civil War-era, or the not-so-distant past of the 1990s.

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Book News: 50 Poems From Rudyard Kipling Discovered

Also: Some authors are buying spots on bestseller lists; the legacy of Philip Roth; and details of Thomas Pynchon's next novel.
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Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell

Fiction is reality and reality fiction in Revenge, Yoko Ogawa's absorbing cycle of interlinked, eerie tales. Readers may detect the shadows of Murakami, Borges and Poe, but, says critic Alan Cheuse, Ogawa's delicious tales cast their own singular spell.
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Sandwich Monday: Fish McBites

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new "Fish McBites." They're basically a seafood version of their Chicken McNuggets. Or as McDonald's calls it, "tender pieces of poppable white, flaky Alaskan Pollock."
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The Science Of Being 'Top Dog'

Some believe that competition is an art. Others believe it is a skill. A new book suggests it might be neither - and that there is a science behind winning. Host Michel Martin speaks with authors, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, about Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.
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Who Won Oscar Gold Last Night?

From First Lady Michelle Obama handing out the Best Picture award to Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence taking a tumble, the 85th Academy Awards was full of surprises. Host Michel Martin recaps the evening with People magazine's movie critic, Alynda Wheat.
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High Honors for Actress Deavere Smith

You may know Anna Deavere Smith from her roles on the West Wing and Nurse Jackie. She is also a major player in the theater and was just awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize — one of the most prestigious honors in the arts world. Host Michel Martin speaks with Deveare Smith about what the award means to her.

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