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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."
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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."
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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.
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Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.
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Play Ball! Comedian Amy Schumer Plays Not My Job

It's the first week of baseball season, so we'll ask three questions about the House of David baseball team — one of the weirdest and most religious teams in the history of the game.
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From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

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Stay Classy, Norwich: 'Alan Partridge' Aims For American Success

British comic Steve Coogan's blowhard broadcaster character conquered movie screens at home — and now he's crossing the Atlantic. Critic Bob Mondello says he's got a good chance at breaking America.
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Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV

Is it possible there's too much good TV? Sunday nights are starting to look that way. Between Game of Thrones, Mad Men and many more, there's a lot to navigate. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans helps.
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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

The New Yorker's longtime cartoon editor joins us to talk about the serious business of being funny.

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Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.

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