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Author Neil Gaiman On Making 'Good Art'

A year ago, Gaiman delivered a commencement address to Philadelphia's University of the Arts urging fledgling creatives to make good art. He said he never expected to give advice to graduates, since he never attended college himself. His new book, Make Good Art, is based on that address.
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Gerwig, Baumbach Poke At Post-College Pangs

In Frances Ha, a 27-year-old (Greta Gerwig) navigates New York City — and the transition from prolonged adolescence to proper adulthood. Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach co-wrote the script; they join Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about the project.
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Why Angelina Jolie's Op-Ed Matters

Angelina Jolie's surgery perhaps shouldn't matter, but it will to someone.
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Therese Anne Fowler: "Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald"

Author Therese Anne Fowler talks about her fictional take on Zelda Fitzgerald -- the woman, muse and icon who continues to fascinate.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 14

You can see a children’s play about an aspiring middle school rock star, or hear a local author talk about his latest book.

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'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Historian Rick Atkinson's new book completes his trilogy on the second world war. He tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that the events of the war may be 70 years in the past, but they're still very much a part of American culture.
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In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

In October 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and dramatic rescue.
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Why We Can't Look Away From True-Life Courtroom Dramas

The trial of Jodi Arias, convicted of murdering her boyfriend, has become a national media sensation. Former Law and Order producer Robert Nathan and authors Laura Lippman and Walter Mosley explore why Americans are so drawn to real-life courtroom dramas.
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In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States.

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