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Not My Job: We Quiz A Member Of The '7 Up' Series About The Number 8

Nick Hitchon, whose entire life has been chronicled in seven-year increments as part of the British "Up" series, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
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New Documentary Traces Recovering Women's Move To A Prominent D.C. Stage

"How I Got Over" follows a group of formerly homeless women as they create a play based on their real life experiences and ultimately perform at the Kennedy Center.
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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?
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"The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street:" A Novel

Lillian Dunkle arrives in America in 1913, a penniless child immigrant who goes on to build an empire of ice cream. In the book, "The Ice Cream Queen Of Orchard Street," Lillian takes readers from Prohibition to the gourmet ice cream shops that upend the industry. Author Susan Jane Gilman joins us in studio to talk about her novel.

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"Seriously Not All Right" by Ron Capps

Army veteran and former Foreign Service officer Ron Capps spent a decade chronicling atrocities in five war zones. We talk to Capps about his experience, the Veterans Writing Project he has founded to help others and the importance of reading writings about war.

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'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.
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A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.
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In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization

Megan Abbott was riveted by stories of a bizarre illness that seemed to consume the town of Le Roy, N.Y., in 2012. Her new book uses pieces of that true story to explore the mysteries of adolescence.
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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart

Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.
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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? Both his hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are vying for it.

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