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'Dear White People' A Hit At Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival wrapped up this weekend. Host Michel Martin and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wesley Morris talk about some of the hits, including the satire Dear White People.
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For 'SNL' Cast Member, The Waiting Was The Hardest Part

After years of working at a restaurant by day and performing improv comedy by night, Bobby Moynihan got the opportunity of a lifetime: an audition for Saturday Night Live. But as Moynihan recalls, actually getting his 'big break' on the show was much more difficult.
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In Fragments Of A Marriage, Familiar Themes Get Experimental

Jenny Offill's new book, Dept. of Speculation, uses anecdotes and bits of poetry to tell a nonlinear story of love, parenthood and infidelity. Offill tells NPR's Rachel Martin that her experiences as a mother inspired the book — but that her own marriage is far less dramatic than the one in her novel.
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Take Synonyms For A Spin (Or Pirouette)

For each word given, name a synonym in which the first two letters are the same as the second and third letters of the given word. For example, spin and pirouette.
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For Persian Jews, America Means 'Religious Pluralism At Its Best'

Judaism has a rich history in Iran dating back millennia. But in the late 1970s, thousands of Iranian Jews fled to the U.S. in search of a new home. They have integrated their ancient Persian heritage into American life.
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Take A Ride With Baltimore's Renegade Bikers, The '12 O'Clock Boys'

A new documentary follows a dirt bike gang doing dangerous stunts at top speeds on city streets." I think it's a kind of escape for these guys; it's a kind of renegade sport," says filmmaker Lotfy Nathan.
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The Business Of Hip-Hop; Luring Millennials To Life Insurance

Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.
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The Mystery Of Isabel Allende: Author Explores New Genre

"I'm not a fan of mysteries," says Isabel Allende. Strange words indeed from a woman whose mystery novel Ripper hits bookshelves this month. The renowned Chilean author talks about taking on a new genre and making it her own.
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'Le Divorce' Author Finds Stories Closer To Home In 'Flyover'

Diane Johnson has spent much of her adult life living in France, writing novels like Le Divorce. But it was not until a visit home, to the Midwestern town of Moline, IL, that the Johnson discovered that her pioneer ancestors had lives worthy of writing about. Her new book, Flyover Lives reconstructs their stories.
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Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y.

Author Antoine Saint-Exupery was French, but his beloved book, The Little Prince, wasn't written in Paris. Saint-Exupery wrote it in New York, and even included references to the island in his original manuscript.

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