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Monroe's Legacy Is Making Fortune, But For Whom?

Fifty years after Marilyn Monroe's death, the starlet is making more money than ever. She's become a multimillion-dollar brand thanks, in part, to the will she left behind. But most of those profits are going to companies that didn't even exist until after she died.
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Friends With Your Ex? Rashida Jones Understands

Don't be fooled by the title Celeste and Jesse Forever — Celeste and Jesse are getting a divorce. But the weird thing is, they're acting like they're best friends. Rashida Jones co-wrote the film and stars as Celeste. She says in many ways, it's a story about what happens to your first love.
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Fresh Air Remembers Writer And Critic Gore Vidal

We listen back to excerpts of interviews with the acerbic writer, who died Tuesday at 86. Vidal authored the historical novels Burr and Lincoln, wrote plays and provocative essays, ran for office twice — and lost — and frequently appeared on TV talk shows.
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Crum: Lee Maynard's 'Love Letter' To His Hometown

The Scummers is the last installment in Maynard's Crum trilogy. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 semi-autobiographical novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003.
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Canning History: When Propaganda Encouraged Patriotic Preserves

For many, modern home canning is more of a hobby than a food source. But during the world wars, canned foods were more than just sustenance; they were a symbol pf American patriotism and solidarity.
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Back To The Future With 'Total Recall' Remake

Kenneth Turan reviews the film Total Recall, based on a story by Philip K. Dick and a remake of another film from the 1990, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Murder And Mystery In An Idyllic Cape Cod Town

Provincetown, at the far tip of Cape Cod, would seem a perfect place to spend a summer day. In the books of author Jon Loomis, Provincetown is also the setting for mystery and murder. In our Crime in the City series, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes us to "P-town," where she met Loomis a few years back.
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Against All Odds, You 'Swim Your Own Race'

Poet Mbali Vilakazi pays tribute to South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, the first female amputee ever to qualify for the Olympic Games. For Vilakazi, du Toit's accomplishment is "everything the Olympics represent ... the triumph of the human spirit."

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