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Zap! Bang! Pow! Shazam!: The Appeal Of Comic Book Culture

Once considered "kid stuff," comics have become big business for fans of all ages. We explore the culture of comic books and their outsider appeal.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 26

A play about identity, and a book signing/reading with US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis.

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A Journalist Chronicles Lives After Guantanamo Bay

Michelle Shepard has traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba more than two dozen times and has been following the stories of men who've been released from the U.S. detention center. She's the author of Guantanamo's Child and Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone.
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Portis 'Miscellany' Makes A High-'Velocity' Collection

True Grit author Charles Portis is the cult writer for people who hate cult writers. He hasn't published a book since 1991, and reviewer John Powers says the short pieces collected in Escape Velocity have been treasured for decades, passed around like samizdat by Portis fans.
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National Christmas Tree Lighting Ticket Lottery Begins

It's not even Halloween yet, but the lottery for tickets to attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in front of the White House is already underway.

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Covering The Arts In Tumultuous Times

Journalist Jacqueline Trescott started at The Washington Post in the 1970s, during a time of social and political upheaval. But she made her mark by covering the arts, theater and film. Trescott speaks with host Michel Martin about being a young African-American reporter, starting her career at that tumultuous time.
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D.L. Hughley: Tough Words On Politics And Women

Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley has never shied away from controversy, offering his tough, unapologetic opinions on race, money, politics and even his family. Hughley joins host Michel Martin share his critique of American leaders and to talk about his new book. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners.
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Jacqueline Kennedy's Style Legacy

The style choices of first ladies have been politicized for decades, especially since Jacqueline Kennedy famously solicited the help of fashion editor Diana Vreeland. Host Michel Martin discusses the lasting legacy of the partnership between Kennedy and Vreeland with Amanda MacKenzie Stuart, author of Empress of Fashion: A Life Of Diana Vreeland.

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