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Junot Diaz: "This Is How You Lose Her"

Junot Diaz's small but powerful body of fiction focuses on characters -- mostly Dominican-American men -- who struggle to define what it means to be a man in a macho culture.

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Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. But he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

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Baratunde Thurston Explains 'How To Be Black'

From the comedian and digital director of The Onion, a satirical self-help book for anyone who has a black friend, wants to be the next black president or speak for the black community.
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'The Sessions': Sex, Comedy And Something More

Writer Mark O'Brien spent most of his life in an iron lung. He was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, and now his story is told again in the semi-fictionalized feature The Sessions. Critic David Edelstein reviews the story of how one man lost his virginity — and found out how to love.
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Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arabian Sights Film Festival

The Seventeenth Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival returns with 10 new and innovative films from today's Arab world.

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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 19

Trout Fishing in America, a Chinese circus, and "Beauty Is Embarrassing."

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50 Years Later, Ole Miss Crowns Homecoming History

Courtney Pearson has made history by becoming the first African-American homecoming queen at the University of Mississippi. Host Michel Martin speaks with the young woman about her victory, and what it says about Ole Miss 50 years after riots broke out when the school was forced to integrate.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 18

The History Boys, Tom Murphy and Edgar Allan Poe spell good times for theater.

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Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.

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