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'Brutal Youth': Three High Schoolers Fight To Survive Bullying

Entertainment Weekly reporter Anthony Breznican calls his debut novel a mix between Fight Club and The Breakfast Club.
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Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.
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Author Reveals Imagined Pop Icons' Letters In 'Dear Luke'

Dear Luke, We Need To Talk. Darth is a fictitious compilation of notes and letters by some of popular culture's beloved characters. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with its author, John Moe.
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'How To Train Your Dragon' Sound Designer Explains The Movie's Roars

Randy Thom, the Oscar-winning sound designer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, tells NPR's Scott Simon how he and his team created voices and special effects for the dragons, such as the "fire sabre."
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In 'Pills And Starships,' Teens Come Of Age On A Devastated Earth

Pills and Starships is a dystopian tale set in a world ravaged by climate change. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Lydia Millet about her new young-adult novel set in the future.
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Not My Job: Author Mary Higgins Clark Gets Quizzed On Writer's Block

The suspense writer is known for being enormously prolific, so we've invited her to come play a game called "I got nothin'." Three questions about authors who aren't so lucky.
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Eric Cantor And A Defeat Of Biblical Proportions

As part of our series "This Week's Must-Read," poet David Lehman recommends a book for those still surprised by Eric Cantor's political upset.
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A Tip From Ben Stiller: On Set, A 'Chicken' Is Not What It Seems

To kick off the series "Trade Lingo," the actor decodes terms distinctive to filmmaking. He shares the meanings behind such cryptic phrases as "10-100" and "chicken in the gate."
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It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street'

There are 16 movie sequels coming out this summer. Critic Bob Mondello singles out two that handle sequel-hood in vastly different (but successful) ways: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street.
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'Obvious Child': A Momentous Film Of Small, Embarrassing Truths

The indie film depicts a standup comic who decides to have an abortion after a one-night stand. David Edelstein lauds director Gillian Robespierre's courage.

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