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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 2

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at two art exhibitions and an evening of fiction and music.

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Chicken Diapers? Urban Farming Spawns Accessory Lines

As urban chicken farms grow in popularity, many people are bringing the birds into their homes. They need the right equipment to keep them clean. So several business have popped up online, offering everything from custom-sized diapers and leash-ready saddles to chicken caviar.
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The Strategy Of Putting Politics On TV

The last couple of years have seen a proliferation of politically-themed television, including Scandal, Veep and House of Cards. Reporter, columnist and TV analyst Jonathan Alter talks about his new political satire Alpha House, and what's changed in how entertainment television does politics.
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Two Indie Directors Go Confidently Mainstream

Jeff Nichols and Ramin Bahrani made names with small, low-budget movies: Nichols with Take Shelter and Bahrani with Man Push Cart. Both have now directed big-budget films with big stars: Nichols' Mud features Matthew McConaughey, and Bahrani's At Any Price stars Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.
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The Real Costs Of Cheap Fashion

The collapse of a Bangladesh clothing factory building has renewed worries about the ethics of the fashion industry. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic Robin Givhan about the real costs of cheap fashion.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 1

You can appreciate an array of international music at these unique events.

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Book News: Andrew Cuomo Signs Book Deal With HarperCollins

Also: a lost love poem by Vita Sackville-West; the history of the octopus in Western culture; and why The Great Gatsby endures.
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New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too

People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs.
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Sequester Cuts Hit Three Smithsonian Buildings

Sequester cuts are filtering their way down to the exhibit level, as Smithsonian officials have announced closures of three exhibit areas.

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