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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 28

You can see an old play about love, money and family or celebrate the 30th anniversary of a best-selling reggae album with the band behind it.

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McMurtry Takes Aim At A Legend In 'Last Kind Words Saloon'

The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."
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Bill Murray Offers Bachelor Party Advice On Love And Life

At a South Carolina steakhouse over Memorial Day weekend, the comic actor told friends of a groom that if they find love themselves, they should test it by going on a trip around the world.
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Book News: U.K. Plan To Cut American Lit From Tests Prompts Fierce Backlash

A push to protect To Kill A Mockingbird. Also: Notable books coming out this week include a wildly original collection of poetry and a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thriller.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 27

You can laugh it up at a new adaptation of an old story or attend a discussion and concert on the intersection of music and cultural diplomacy. 

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Bob Newhart Looks Back On A Career Of One-Sided Conversations

David Greene talks to comedian Bob Newhart about his critically acclaimed show and career. The complete box set of The Bob Newhart Show is being released in its entirety for the first time.
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How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

After Stalin's death, people in the Soviet Union could begin to debate politics again without fear of repression. This "thawing" took place in private kitchens, where music and art flourished, too.
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Multiplexes Heat Up For Summer Blockbuster Season

From apocalyptic sci-fi adventures to musical biopics and road-trip comedies, Hollywood has more than 80 would-be box-office behemoths on tap for moviegoers between now and Labor Day.
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Celebrating 100 Years Of Ham Radio

This will be a special year for the hundreds of enthusiasts who converge annually on W1AW, a small station in Newington, Conn., known as "the mecca of ham radio," to broadcast around the globe.
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Remembering The 'Father' Of G.I. Joe

Donald Levine, an executive at Hasbro when the idea for the action figure was first hatched, served in the U.S. Army in Korea and thought the toy would be a way to honor veterans.

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