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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.
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Hits And Misses From Cannes Film Festival

The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.
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'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.
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On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.
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Does It 'Suck To Be A Fat Girl'?

A recent episode of FX show Louie raised some controversial questions about women, weight and body image. Did the episode miss the mark? Our panel of writers and bloggers weigh in.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 21

Jamaican artists challenge post-colonial identity in a contemporary art exhibit, and jazz music returns to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

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Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

"Everyone must leave something behind," the author once wrote. Also: Philip Roth retires from sandwich eating. And Jane Fonda is writing a novel.
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Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.
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Young Poet, Big Prize: A Conversation With The Sophie Kerr Winner

Robert Siegel speaks with Alexander Stinton, the winner of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award. Stinton is a graduate of Washington College.
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In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure.

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